NEWBERRY — Now that the tassels have been moved and the robes put away, what will the newest graduating class of Newberry College miss most about Newberry?
Although the answers varied, the common theme was simply that Newberry College had been a wonderful home for its students for the past four years.
Following the commencement rehearsal May 3, the candidates for graduation were invited to Kaufman Hall for a celebratory luncheon in their honor. As the students gathered together, memories, laughter and some tears were shared as students reminisced about their time at Newberry College.
David Swanson, an art/graphic design major, shared his memories of the different events the college held on campus.
“I’m really going to miss the Barry Drake events,” he said. “An hour of some of the best music of the last four decades.”
To some students, the events were most memorable, but for others, it was the relationships made throughout their time at Newberry.
“I’ll really miss the family atmosphere that’s given me the best friends I’ll ever have,” said Gryff Carosiello, a church leadership and administration major.
“I’ll miss all of the wonderful people I met, and my sorority, Kappa Delta,” agreed Calley Potterbaum, a communications major.
Along with the family environment and relationships with friends, the soon-to-be graduates also expressed that the professors and the community of Newberry also had a special place in their hearts. Elementary education major Meredith Barfield said she wouldn’t want to know how much different she might have been if she hadn’t chosen Newberry College.
“I’ll truly miss my small class sizes and having one-on-one help from my professors,” Barfield said. “I will definitely miss the huge support of local businesses to the college because that played a big role in my enjoyment of living in Newberry.”