University graduates nearly 2‚000 students during spring commencement

Spring commencement at Kennesaw State University May 13 and 14 featured a record number of graduates and the first class of students to earn a master’s degree of social work.“When you receive your degrees later on in this ceremony‚ this does not mean that you are done learning‚” KSU President Dan Papp told the newest alums during commencement. “Indeed‚ the name of this ceremony is ‘commencement‚’ not conclusion. You are at a new beginning‚ not an ending.”(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above)

Georgia (May 16, 2008) — Spring commencement at Kennesaw State University May 13 and 14 featured a record number of graduates and the first class of students to earn a master’s degree of social work.

“When you receive your degrees later on in this ceremony‚ this does not mean that you are done learning‚” KSU President Dan Papp told the newest alums during commencement. “Indeed‚ the name of this ceremony is ‘commencement‚’ not conclusion. You are at a new beginning‚ not an ending.”

A record 1‚981 students graduated in four ceremonies this week‚ up 32 percent over last spring‚ when the university awarded 1‚503 degrees in three ceremonies.

Among the newly minted graduates was the first class of students receiving master’s degrees of social work‚ some of whom work at the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services. Other graduates will find work in the fields of mental health and substance abuse counseling. With 34 graduates this spring‚ the graduate degree program will more than double in the fall‚ with 80 full−time students expected to graduate in 2010.

KSU awarded its 12th honorary doctorate of humane letters to philanthropist Bernard Osher‚ who also delivered the commencement address May 13 to graduates of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Osher is founding director of World Savings‚ which grew to be the second largest savings institution in the U.S. and recently merged with Wachovia Corp.

Known as “the quiet philanthropist‚” Osher is a patron of education and the arts‚ and the namesake of KSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute‚ which offers a variety of educational and social opportunities for adults 50 and older.

Other commencement speakers included Richard Anderson‚ executive director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority; state Sen. Doug Stoner; and Dr. Gregory Simone‚ president and chief executive officer of WellStar Health System.

“Whatever you do‚ continue to learn‚” Simone urged the graduates.




 

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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