Berry celebrates the graduation of approximately 315 students this spring. The celebration begins Friday with Baccalaureate Service at 7 p.m. in The College Chapel. On Saturday, commencement will be at 10 a.m. on the lawn of Evans Hall. The graduation ceremonies will also be streamed live at berry.edu/webcast.
Dempsey was elected in November 2006 to represent Georgia House District 13 including the city of Rome in Floyd County. She is currently vice chairman of the House Higher Education committee, secretary of the House Budget & Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee and also serves on the House Committees for Rules, Economic Development & Tourism, Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications and Health and Human Services. She serves as deputy whip for the House Republican Caucus and has graduated from the Georgia Legislative Leadership Institute.
Prior to her service in the State House, Dempsey was twice elected to the Rome City Commission and served as statewide co-chair of the Joint Economic Development Task Force for the major local government and economic development associations in Georgia. She was an active leader in the Georgia Municipal Association and the National League of Cities. She was also appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Local Transportation, helping improve roadways in Rome and all of Georgia.
Since graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Early Childhood Education, she has helped run two successful small businesses. Katie and her husband, Lynn are active in their church, Rome First United Methodist, and are members of the Northwest Georgia Emmaus Community
Biology major Sandra Elizabeth Stepp, of Morganton, Ga., will speak for the graduating seniors.