University celebrates fall commencement ceremonies

More than 1‚500 graduates were honored during fall commencement ceremonies at Kennesaw State University Dec. 12 and 13.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Dec 13, 2007) — More than 1‚500 graduates were honored during fall commencement ceremonies at Kennesaw State University this week.

In what was Kennesaw State’s largest fall commencement‚ 1‚513 graduates received degrees during three separate ceremonies. During the Dec. 12 afternoon ceremony‚ 605 graduates were honored from the College of Science and Mathematics and the Michael J. Coles College of Business. During the evening exercises‚ 420 graduated from the Bagwell College of Education and the WellStar College of Health and Human Services.

Also on Dec. 12‚ the university honored Thomas M. Holder – past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the KSU Foundation – with the institution’s 11th honorary doctorate of humane letters.

“Through the years‚ Thomas M. Holder has made enormous contributions to the growth and success of Kennesaw State‚” President Daniel S. Papp said. “His business acumen is unrivaled‚ and that has translated into unparalleled service to not only KSU‚ but to the greater Atlanta area as well.”

The final ceremony took place Dec. 13‚ honoring 488 graduates from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences‚ the College of the Arts and University College.

Here’s a breakdown of graduates‚ by college:

  • College of Science and Mathematics – 168
  • Coles College of Business – 437
  • Bagwell College of Education – 227
  • WellStar College of Health and Human Services – 193
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences – 442
  • College of the Arts – 43
  • University College – 3

“Congratulations to all of you who have just received your degrees‚” Papp said. “You all should be incredibly proud of your accomplishments.”

Sharing their wisdom with the graduates were Dana R. Hermanson‚ KSU Foundation Distinguished Professor and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Private Enterprise in the Coles College of Business; Emily Jennette‚ a second−grade teacher at Marietta's Sawyer Road Elementary‚ KSU alumna and Georgia’s 2008 “Teacher of the Year”; and Arthur Harris‚ recent KSU alumnus and co−founder of Spa Sydell.

Holder was honored for distinguished service to the university during a period of tremendous growth‚ and a sustained record of achievement that bears lasting significance. The honorary doctoral degree is one of the highest and most notable recognitions a university can bestow.

Holder is chairman and CEO of Holder Construction Company‚ a national‚ commercial construction services firm.



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