Berry College welcomed a record number of 8,000 alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends recently for the annual Mountain Day celebration.
The celebration of Martha Berry's birthday was packed with events, including: the Mountain Day 5K Run and 2-Mile Health Walk, the Mountain Day Convocation, the dedication for the Dr. McAllister Science Building, a Mega Reunion for alumni, Marthapalooza for students and recent graduates, Mountain Day Golf Scramble, talent shows, and, of course, the Mountain Day Parade and Olympics and the annual march. Students showed off their flair for the dramatic in a theatre production of "Boeing! Boeing!"
The Mountain Day Convocation Service was held in Frost Chapel, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Featured speaker Brian Brodrick graduated with a degree in communications from Berry in 1997. Brodrick was a two time All-American distance runner at Berry. He currently oversees all business operations for the Athens, Ga., office of Jackson Spalding, one of the largest independent marketing communications and public relations agencies in the country.
The Grand March, the main event of the day, was the largest in Berry history with 984 students participating.
"It was a wonderful experience to take part in a tradition which has gone on for 98 years," said senior Kyley Barton, of Rock Spring, Ga. "I was honored to be in the march with the record number of students."
Alumni also enjoyed the mountain celebration.
"Mountain Day was great this year!" said Michael Smith (04C). "Beautiful weather, fun atmosphere, and the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends!"
After nearly 450 alumni and their families enjoyed live music, snow cones, inflatables and games at the Mega Reunion, students gathered for Marthapalooza, the annual fair. This year's theme was Martha's Court, featuring bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, and a medieval-esque photobooth.
Other weekend highlights included Berry soccer and volleyball games.
Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Alyssa Hollingsworth and photos by student photographers Blake Childers and Mary Claire Stewart.