Naomi Judd speaks at Berea College graduation ceremony

Naomi Judd receives an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Berea College
It doesn’t seem that long ago that I graduated from Berea College.  I had dreams of moving on to Nashville to do more classes at Belmont University.  However, life happens and I became an aunt and decided to stay here in Kentucky.  I continue to wonder what my life would be like if I had made the jump to Nashville.

This past Sunday, Naomi Judd, part of the hit country music duo, The Judds, gave the commencement speech during the Berea College graduation ceremonies.

From Berea College: “Another year has come and gone here at Berea College. Hats off to the Class of 2015! Naomi Judd, a Kentucky-born singer, author, motivational speaker, and actress addressed 271 candidates for graduation during Berea College’s 143rd Commencement ceremonies, Sunday afternoon, May 3, 2015.

Judd’s remarks were titled: “Early Hardship Makes for Strong Character as an Adult.” Judd, who has close ties to Berea, was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the College by Berea’s President Lyle D. Roelofs during the program, which was held in the Seabury Arena.”

You can view the ceremony and see what Naomi Judd had to say by clicking here.

Jessica Blankenship

Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians.  Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County's Ten Under 40 Award Recipients.  In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky.  She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more.  Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.

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