KSU graduates ready for the world

Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp presided over the institution's 83rd spring commencement ceremonies May 10 and 11‚ during which nearly 1‚700 students graduated – the largest number in the school’s history. Three of Georgia’s highest−ranked government leaders‚ Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle‚ Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker and Secretary of State Karen C. Handel‚ served as speakers for the ceremonies held at the KSU Convocation Center.“You are at a new beginning‚ not an ending‚” Papp said. “You have learned many things while at KSU‚ but most importantly‚ you gained the courage to make your dreams into reality.”Cagle told the overflowing crowd gathered to honor graduates from the Coles College of Business and the WellStar College of Health and Human Services at the May 10 morning ceremony that he was pleased to share in one of their greatest accomplishments. He encouraged the graduates to remember and thank those who helped them while in school.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (May 11, 2007) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp presided over the institution's 83rd spring commencement ceremonies May 10 and 11‚ during which nearly 1‚700 students graduated – the largest number in the school’s history. Three of Georgia’s highest−ranked government leaders‚ Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle‚ Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker and Secretary of State Karen C. Handel‚ served as speakers for the ceremonies held at the KSU Convocation Center.

“You are at a new beginning‚ not an ending‚” Papp said. “You have learned many things while at KSU‚ but most importantly‚ you gained the courage to make your dreams into reality.”

Cagle told the overflowing crowd gathered to honor graduates from the Coles College of Business and the WellStar College of Health and Human Services at the May 10 morning ceremony that he was pleased to share in one of their greatest accomplishments. He encouraged the graduates to remember and thank those who helped them while in school.

“Service to others is the ultimate measure of a person‚” Cagle said. “It’s not what you did‚ but the manner in which you did it. Speak honestly‚ work hard and act justly.”

Baker reflected upon his own life Thursday evening when he addressed graduates from the Bagwell College of Education and the College of Science and Mathematics. He said he always knew that he wanted to become a lawyer although he didn’t know one. He had to draw on the power within to overcome obstacles and achieve his goal.

“It isn’t the power of money or name recognition‚ but the power within‚” Baker said. “Whatever it is you do‚ use your talent to make a difference in the world.”

Handel told the group gathered at the May 11 ceremony for the College of the Arts‚ the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University College that she had no words of wisdom for them but came to offer a few simple words to live by.

“Remember where you came from … get a life … don’t be stupid … do the right thing‚” she offered along with complete explanations of each point. “Stay grounded and remember to make time for friends‚ family‚ laughter and fun.”


To view copies of the speeches‚ click on the following links:

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle:
https://files.kennesaw.edu/staff/smoore66/Casey%20Cagle.Commencement%20Speech%20−%20KSU.doc

Attorney General Thurbert Baker:
https://files.kennesaw.edu/staff/smoore66/Thurbert%20Baker.Commencement%20Speech−KSU.DOC

Secretary of State Karen Handel:
https://files.kennesaw.edu/staff/smoore66/Karen%20Handel.Commencement%20Speech−KSU.doc


Read more about the commencement in the Marietta Daily Journal: http://www.mdjonline.com/articles/2007/05/11/89/10258384.txt


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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 kennesaw.edu

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