Kennesaw State awards posthumous degree to family of student remembered for her hard work‚ smile

Faculty‚ staff and administrators of Kennesaw State University joined with the family and friends of Allison Roth Perry in honoring the late KSU senior with a posthumous Bachelor of Science degree Monday‚ April 30. The degree‚ with a major in Exercise and Health Science‚ was given to Perry’s family during a private ceremony at Kennesaw Hall.Remembered for her perseverance‚ hard work and most of all‚ her smile‚ Perry‚ 23‚ passed away in a tragic automobile accident in Alabama on Jan. 14‚ 2007. A manager at the East Cobb location of Peachtree Gymnastics and More‚ she would have graduated during commencement ceremonies at KSU on May 10.“There are no words that can adequately express the deep sense of sorrow and loss in knowing that one of our aspiring graduates won’t join us on stage in a few weeks during our commencement ceremonies‚” said President Daniel S. Papp. “We understand that this degree was very important to Allison‚ and we are happy to participate in this meaningful ceremony.”(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Apr 30, 2007) — Faculty‚ staff and administrators of Kennesaw State University joined with the family and friends of Allison Roth Perry in honoring the late KSU senior with a posthumous Bachelor of Science degree Monday‚ April 30. The degree‚ with a major in Exercise and Health Science‚ was given to Perry’s family during a private ceremony at Kennesaw Hall.

Remembered for her perseverance‚ hard work and most of all‚ her smile‚ Perry‚ 23‚ passed away in a tragic automobile accident in Alabama on Jan. 14‚ 2007. A manager at the East Cobb location of Peachtree Gymnastics and More‚ she would have graduated during commencement ceremonies at KSU on May 10.

“There are no words that can adequately express the deep sense of sorrow and loss in knowing that one of our aspiring graduates won’t join us on stage in a few weeks during our commencement ceremonies‚” said President Daniel S. Papp. “We understand that this degree was very important to Allison‚ and we are happy to participate in this meaningful ceremony.”

“We’re obviously a better place because of her time here‚” said Lendley C. Black‚ provost and vice president of academic affairs. “I’m glad that we are able to do some small gesture that shows our appreciation.”

Mitch Collins‚ the head of the Department of Health‚ Physical Education and Sport Science‚ said he remembered Perry as a “delightful student” with a great attitude.

Angela Lanier‚ associate professor of health‚ physical education and sport science‚ recounted how Perry at first struggled in one of her classes‚ but took accountability for her education‚ sought help from Lanier and endured — creating an example of perseverance for other students.

“I put not just a face to her name‚ I put a name to her smile‚” Lanier said.

Jane A. Petrillo‚ another one of Perry’s professors in health‚ physical education and sport science‚ also recalled how the student worked hard and endeavored to pull together with her classmates on important assignments.

Family members expressed their gratitude for the ceremony awarding the degree‚ and said that Kennesaw State was an integral part of Perry’s life.

“She was not just a number. People really cared about her‚ and she really loved this school‚” said Allison Perry’s mother‚ Rosemarie Perry.

“She truly enjoyed her time here‚” said Allison’s father‚ Raymond Perry. “She considered you guys [at KSU] just as much her family as we are.”

For more about Allison Perry and how her friends and family are working to remember her‚ visit www.allisonperrydreamfund.com.

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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 38,000 students. With 13 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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