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More than 100 men and women walked into the Cage Center as students but walked out as alumni at the recent Fall Commencement. 

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Debbie Heida introduced this year's commencement student speaker, Kylie Berry of Hampton, Ga. Kylie majored in math and physics and graduated with honors.

"At freshman orientation, I joked that Kylie was destined to be at Berry because of her name," Heida said. "Kylie has shown that she was destined to be at Berry because she is incredibly smart, an integral part of our campus community."

During her time at Berry, Kylie served as a grader in the math and physics department and math tutor at the college, a math and science grader and tutor at Berry elementary and middle schools, and a mentor for incoming freshmen.

When Kylie took to the podium to deliver her commencement speech, she emphasized the importance of the community in the "Berry Bubble."

"Working with others gives you a community to which you belong to - a community that becomes your family. I know that I would not have enjoyed my time here near as much if it were not for that community," she said.

Sally Ride Science CEO and Berry alumna Sheryle J. Bolton was the guest speaker. Bolton was also an executive at HBO and Rockefeller & Co., and an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. She has a bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in linguistics and a MBA from Harvard University. 

"I wish you good fortune on your journey," Bolton told the graduates. "Keep thinking about that balance: head, heart, and hands. And in the process, you will come to the confidence to do and be what is most important for you."

Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Hayden Sloan and photos by Student Photographer Mary Claire Stewart