KSU celebrates 40th anniversary with convocation ceremony

The yearlong celebration of Kennesaw State University’s 40th anniversary opens with a…

Georgia (Oct 9, 2003) — KSU celebrates 40th anniversary with convocation ceremony

Karen Kennedy


Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

The yearlong celebration of Kennesaw State University’s 40th anniversary opens with a convocation ceremony Thursday‚ Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. in Spec Landrum Gymnasium.

In recognition of the university’s ruby anniversary‚ more than 600 civic‚ business and community leaders are invited to this year’s convocation. University System of Georgia Chancellor Dr. Thomas Meredith will deliver the convocation address and former Gov. Carl Sanders will be featured in videotaped remarks. Sanders’ 1962 campaign pledge to place public colleges within commuting distance of every Georgian helped give rise to Kennesaw Junior College — which evolved into KSU.

“Convocation — the word derives from a Latin word meaning ‘to call’ — is really a calling together of the university community‚ both internal and external‚ to celebrate our roots and embrace the future with vigor‚” KSU President Dr. Betty L. Siegel said. “It is a grand celebration of learning‚ and this year is especially meaningful as we mark our 40th anniversary. Indeed‚ our theme for the year is ‘40 Years of Excellence: Daring to Dream and Do.’”

Honored guests will include Dr. George H. Beggs‚ the university’s first faculty member‚ and state Sen. Stephen L. Thompson‚ a KSU graduate and Foundation Trustee.

Following the ceremony‚ a reception will be held on the Campus Green.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 17‚500 from 123 countries. The fourth largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu