Robert Lang of Springfield graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history from Berry College.
Bestselling author and Principal Financial Group Chairman Barry Griswell challenged the graduates to give their all “and then some” during the commencement exercises. A total of 278 students earned bachelor’s or master’s degrees during the afternoon ceremony. The event can be viewed in its entirety at www.berry.edu/webcast.
Among those on hand for the ceremony were two special members of the college community, Dr. Ouida Word Dickey and James M. Sibley, the 2009 recipients of Berry’s Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Dickey is a Berry alumna who distinguished herself as an award-winning educator, mentor and administrator during her 43 years on the Berry faculty. Sibley is a retired law partner of King & Spalding, Atlanta, who served with distinction as a longtime member of the Berry College Board of Trustees.
Also singled out were two faculty members, Dr. Christine Anton and Dr. Martin Goldberg. Anton received the Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award, while Goldberg claimed the Dave and Lu Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching.
In his remarks, Griswell looked back on his own days as a Berry student while also focusing on some of the contemporary challenges facing this year’s class. As a special gift, he presented the graduates with a copy of his bestselling book, “The Adversity Paradox, An Unconventional Guide to Achieving Uncommon Business Success.”
“There is no secret to success,” Griswell said. “There is no magic formula. It really comes down to you and how you define success for yourself.”
Holly Ruth Wilson, a biology major from Marietta, spoke on behalf of the graduates.