NEWBERRY — Passion, purpose and personal attention were three words Hannah Rohrer used Saturday to describe her time at Newberry College while delivering one of the keynote addresses to the 2014 graduating class.
Rohrer described passion as enthusiasm, saying that in one way or another, each graduate had felt passion while at Newberry College, whether it was through athletics, finding a Greek family, landing a job, or finally realizing they were about to graduate.
“Every situation we went through had a purpose, even if we didn’t know it yet,” Rohrer said. “Newberry College saw the purpose in each of us.”
Newberry College provided constant support throughout the past four years, and Rohrer said she was thankful for the passion, purpose and personal attention that Newberry College provided.
“As we go into our next step, let’s not forget the journey,” she said.
Graduate Brunes Charles addressed his class by saying they had accomplished a lot in their four years together.
Feeling the college had too much separation from the Newberry community, Charles said they found a way to reach out, volunteering their time at local elementary schools, hospitals and church groups.
Although each student came from a different background and had different journeys while studying at Newberry College, Charles said they were all bound together by their college family.
The senior class gift of a permanent palmetto tree statue was presented on behalf of the Class of 2014. An unveiling ceremony will occur this fall. It will be the first free-standing statue on the college campus.
Dr. Joseph McDonald, director of the Values Based Learning Program and Associate Professor of Sociology, was presented emeritus status and Billye West, founder of West Electrical, was presented an honorary doctor of business degree.
“I believe this institution is the cornerstone of Newberry,” West said. “I’m truly proud of the young people we’ve been able to graduate.”
As the 155 newly graduated class of 2014 members turned their tassels, College President Maurice Scherrens told them they’d had four years of effort to cultivate their potential to help them embark on their new journeys.