Miss Cliburn and Branco planning November 11 wedding in Georgia

Rachel Cliburn of Atlanta, met Justin Branco of London, Ontario, Canada in Mexico in December of 2011 when each was on a family vacation. After years of dating long-distance, they will marry on November 11, at All Souls Fellowship in Decatur, Ga., in a morning ceremony and reception.

The bride-elect is a fifth year PhD candidate in neuroscience on a Woodruff Scholarship at Emory University. She studies how neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin affect risk for mental disorders and also teaches various classes relating to Neuroscience. Miss Cliburn received her master’s from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands on a Fulbright scholarship in 2013. She was a National Merit Scholar at Baylor University receiving her neuroscience degree (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) in 2012. Ms. Cliburn grew up in Long Grove, Ill., and was graduated from Stevenson High School in 2009.

The prospective bridegroom is associated with Henry Schein in Canada as a high tech field technician, as well as, a web designer with Mudlark Designs. This winter, Branco is launching Workhorse Software, a project management software for electrical contractors. He earned an electrical engineering technology advanced diploma from Fanshawe College in 2010. He grew up in London, Ontario, Canada and was graduated from Clarke Road Secondary School in 2007. Branco is in the process of immigrating to the United States.


Miss Cliburn is the daughter of Perry and Nancy Cliburn of Madison. She is the granddaughter of Nell Robertson of St. Catherine’s Village and the late W. Joe Robertson and Bennett (Roy) Cliburn of Clinton and the late Joy Harlan Cliburn. Branco is the son of Alvaro and Elizabeth Branco and the grandson of Maria Victoria Branco all of London, Ontario, Canada and the late Joao Branco and Wayne and Valerie Dorey.



Robert H. Watson will receive Mississippi College’s Award of Excellence at the university’s 2018 homecoming.

Activities include an October 26 awards banquet at Anderson Hall.