The class of 2016 has arrived at Berry in full force. Returning students helped incoming freshmen unload tightly packed vehicles and carried countless microwaves, refrigerators, and televisions into the dorms. Berry College President Steve Briggs welcomed freshmen and their families.
“Many of you chose Berry because of the qualities of this community: its friendliness and helpfulness, its beauty, its practical intelligence, its spirit of purpose and service, its work ethic, its fun. Berry is all of that,” Dr. Briggs said.
During the welcoming ceremony, more than 100 student leaders helped break the ice by taking part in a flash mob for the students and their families. The new students spent the rest of the week taking part in Viking Venture, an orientation program that familiarizes them with campus traditions and expectations.
The BOLD course offered a low ropes course to encourage freshmen to work together. And student leaders helped facilitate Playfair, a massive and energetic event of ice breaker games. The weekend culminated with the famous slip n’ slide on Mountain Campus and was a fun way for everyone to congregate before classes start.
Some interesting facts about the newest Vikings:
- 22% were in the top 10% of their graduating class.
- 17 were valedictorians.
- 71% are from Georgia but Berry also welcomes students from 24 states and eight countries including Australia, China, Curacao, France, Germany, Korea, Nigeria, and the Philippines.
- 109 have been athletic team captains.
- 94 have served on school student councils.
- 80% were involved in a community service activity.
- 29 are Eagle Scouts or Girl Scouts Gold Award winners.
- 85 have had family members attend Berry.
Story by Student Public Relations Assistant Hayden Sloan and photos by Student Photographers Blake Childers and Mary Claire Stewart