Kennesaw State University hosts birthday party for oldest student

You’re invited to a very special birthday party hosted by Kennesaw State University for Arthur…

Georgia (Jun 12, 2006) — Kennesaw State University hosts birthday party for oldest student

Karen Kennedy


Contact: Frances Weyand Harrison‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or

You’re invited to a very special birthday party hosted by Kennesaw State University for Arthur Harris‚ the university’s oldest student‚ who will turn 80 on Tuesday‚ June 13. He will be feted with a surprise party in the Atrium of the Burruss Building from 1:30−2 p.m. on his birthday.

An English major and dedicated student‚ Harris will be taken from his class in the Burruss Building by the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and led to the party. His fellow students are also invited.

If he continues the track he’s on‚ Harris will become the oldest graduate in Kennesaw State history‚ when he graduates next year at age 81 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Harris and his family‚ wife Sydell and children Richard and Karen‚ are the owners of Spa Sydell‚ which operates eight spas with more than 500 employees. Prior to opening Spa Sydell in 1982‚ Harris had a successful career in sales and sales management.

During World War II‚ Harris was stationed in the Pacific and Japan. Following the war‚ he stayed in the Pacific for several years as a Merchant Marine. He returned home and married Sydell‚ whom he had known since they were teenagers‚ in 1949.

After graduating from high school at age 16‚ Harris briefly attended a New York City college. His insatiable appetite for learning and a love of reading led him back to college at Kennesaw State three years ago.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 18‚500 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 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 more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit