Kennesaw State University hosts 78th commencement

Kennesaw State University will hold its 78th commencement honoring 700 graduates in two separate…

Georgia (Jul 28, 2005) — Kennesaw State University hosts 78th commencement

Stacey Moore


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Kennesaw State University will hold its 78th commencement honoring 700 graduates in two separate ceremonies.

This summer’s commencement ceremonies feature S. Truett Cathy‚ founder and chairman of Chick−fil−A‚ and Congressman Tom Price as speakers. Their bios follow.

Monday‚ Aug. 1‚ 10 a.m.
Speaker: S. Truett Cathy
College of the Arts
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
WellStar College of Health and Human Services

Monday‚ Aug. 1‚ 3 p.m.
Speaker: Tom Price
Leland H. and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education
Michael J. Coles College of Business
College of Science and Mathematics

Convocation Center
Kennesaw State University


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population 18‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Bio of Thomas E. Price
Congressman Tom Price‚ a diligent and tireless worker and problem solver‚ has rapidly emerged as a leader in Georgia. Colleagues in the Georgia Senate twice elected Price minority whip‚ and in 2002‚ he was elected the first Republican majority leader in the history of Georgia. In August 2004‚ Price won the Republican nomination for Congress from Georgia's 6th Congressional District‚ comprised of Cherokee‚ Cobb and Fulton counties. He was elected to Congress without opposition in November 2004.

In Congress‚ Price's priorities are reforming the tax system‚ strengthening health care and education‚ bringing common sense to the litigation system and finding transportation solutions for Atlanta's residents and commuters. Price is currently working to eliminate the capital gains tax‚ enact the FairTax plan and secure the future of Medicare. Price favors allowing individual states the autonomy to improve their schools and end burdensome regulation.

As a U.S. representative‚ Price serves on the Committee on Financial Services‚ as well as the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt appointed freshman Congressman Price to the Whip Organization as deputy assistant whip. In addition to this leadership position‚ Price also serves on the National Republican Congressional Committee's executive board.

As a medical doctor‚ Price is a leader in the healthcare arena. His credits include legislative efforts to increase patient choice in a more flexible health−care system‚ to enact Medical Savings Accounts and to reform the Medicaid System in Georgia. Price has been the leading sponsor of civil justice reform legislation to ensure patient access to quality health care and bring down skyrocketing medical malpractice premiums. Other legislative successes include primary co−sponsorship of Georgia's Greenspace program‚ reducing income taxes for senior citizens‚ improving employee screening in childcare facilities and strengthening laws against Internet child predators.

Price received a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Michigan and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Emory University‚ before establishing an orthopaedic clinic just north of Atlanta. After nearly twenty years of private practice he returned to Emory University School of Medicine as an assistant professor. Price was most recently medical director of the Orthopaedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta‚ teaching resident doctors in training.

Active in his community‚ Price is a past president of the Roswell Rotary Club and has served on boards of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce‚ Orchestra Atlanta‚ the Arthritis Foundation‚ the North Metro YMCA and the Northside Bank. Price lives with his wife‚ Elizabeth‚ and son‚ Robert‚ in Roswell‚ where they are members of the Georgia Ensemble Theater‚ the Fulton County Taxpayer's Association‚ the Chattahoochee Nature Center and the Roswell Presbyterian Church.

Bio of S. Truett Cathy‚ Founder and Chairman‚ Chick−fil−A‚ Inc.
S. Truett Cathy is founder and chairman of Chick−fil−A Inc. Cathy started the business in 1946‚ when he and his brother opened an Atlanta diner known as The Dwarf Grill. In 1967‚ Cathy opened the first Chick−fil−A restaurant in Atlanta's Greenbriar Shopping Center. Today‚ Chick−fil−A is the second−largest quick−service chicken restaurant chain in the United States based on annual sales.

Cathy's approach is largely driven by personal satisfaction and a sense of obligation to the community and its young people. His WinShape Centre® Foundation‚ founded in 1984‚ grew from his desire to "shape winners" by helping young people succeed in life through scholarships and other youth−support programs. The foundation annually awards 20 to 30 students wishing to attend Berry College with scholarships up to $32‚000 that are jointly funded by the Rome‚ Ga. institution. In addition‚ through its Leadership Scholarship program‚ the Chick−fil−A chain has given nearly $20 million in $1‚000 scholarships to Chick−fil−A restaurant employees since 1973.

As part of his WinShape Homes® program – a long−term care program for foster children – 14 foster care homes have been started in Georgia‚ Alabama‚ Tennessee and Brazil that are operated by Cathy and the WinShape Foundation. These homes‚ accommodating up to 12 children with two full−time foster parents‚ provide long−term care for foster children with a positive family environment.

In 1996‚ Chick−fil−A became the title sponsor of the Chick−fil−A Peach Bowl. A portion of the proceeds from the Chick−fil−A Peach Bowl is donated to WinShape Homes. The December 2004 bowl game contributed a record $410‚000 to WinShape Homes‚ other charities and for scholarships‚ making it the number−one bowl in the country for charity donations in 2004.

Cathy has received countless awards over the years including: Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (2005); Norman Vincent & Ruth Stafford Peale Humanitarian Award (2003); Catalyst Lifetime Achievement Award from Injoy/John Maxwell (2003); Georgia Sports Hall of Fame – Chairman’s Award (2003); the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Award (2000); and Horatio Alger Award – Horatio Alger Association‚ Washington‚ D.C. (1989). He is the author of “Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People” (Looking Glass Books‚ 2002)‚ “It’s Easier to Succeed Than to Fail” (Thomas Nelson Publishing‚ 1989) and “It’s Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men” (Looking Glass Books‚ 2004)‚ and he is co−author of “The Generosity Factor‚” with Ken Blanchard (Zondervan Publishing‚ 2002).

In addition to presiding over the successful restaurant chain‚ Cathy is a dedicated husband‚ father and grandfather. Cathy and his wife‚ Jeannette‚ have three children‚ 12 grandchildren and more than 150 "foster grandchildren."


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