What a class!

Rear Adm. Vince Griffith (81C) addresses spring graduates.It’s only fitting that a speaker well versed in logistics – Rear Adm. Vince Griffith (81C) – was on hand for the largest spring commencement ceremony in Berry history. A record total of 473 undergraduate and graduate students completed their degree requirements this spring. Joining them in the tidal wave of black robes sweeping across the Evans Hall lawn on May 6 were other newly minted alumni who finished their coursework in August or December, pushing the total number of participants to more than 500.

In his remarks, the decorated U.S. Navy officer shared insight gleaned during his own life journey, which has carried him from humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Rockmart, Ga., to his current role as director of DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) logistics operations with responsibilities around the globe. The Berry trustee – described as a “regular guy” by classmates – stressed the importance of perseverance, character and relationships, challenging the new alumni to “try to be just a little better” every day. He also emphasized the value of hard work, recalling his rise to student supervisor of the grounds crew for the House o’ Dreams.

“While I doubt many of you will have to lead an attack in Iraq or face the Taliban, you will have your own challenges – dealing with a demanding boss, trying to manage your peers or getting a new business off the ground,” he stated. “Berry College has prepared you to face any of these trials, and you will be successful.”

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