Three brothers earn master's degrees at KSU commencement
Brothers from the U.S. Virgin Islands earn graduate degrees in business, computer
(May 12, 2010) — Brothers from the U.S. Virgin Islands earn graduate degrees in business, computer
science and statistics at KSU commencement
KENNESAW, Ga. (May 11, 2010) --- Miguel Tricoche arrived in metro Atlanta in 2002
after serving in the Army. A few years later, his younger brother Matthew Walcott
moved to Georgia for work. Then Leland Walcott, the middle brother, followed in their
On May 11, the three brothers from the U.S. Virgin Islands received graduate degrees
from Kennesaw State University. Miguel, 38, earned an executive M.B.A., Leland, 30,
a Master of Science in Applied Computer Science, and Matthew, 28, a Master of Science
in Applied Statistics. The three brothers were among the 455 graduate students receiving
master’s degrees from KSU at Tuesday’s commencement, the university’s 109th.
“It’s the first time the three of us are doing something at the same time in terms
of academics,” says Leland. “We’ve never been in school all at the same time together.”
The brothers, who grew up in St. Croix, all attended the University of the Virgin
Islands in St. Thomas, but at different times. They did not plan to attend graduate
school simultaneously when they moved to Georgia. But two years ago, one by one decided
to go to grad school, and they all chose KSU.
First it was Matthew, who enrolled in the master’s program in applied statistics at
KSU’s College of Science & Mathematics. Then, when Miguel decided to pursue an M.B.A.,
he looked at the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Emory. But he chose KSU’s
Coles College of Business because of the program’s emphasis on leadership skills.
Then Leland, who was working as an information technology consultant, decided to go
back to school. He came to a College of Science & Mathematics open house and was interested
in the master’s program in computer science. By the end of 2008, all three brothers
were enrolled in grad school at Kennesaw State.
Last year, they realized they would be finishing their studies at the same time. “That’s
a coincidence,” says Miguel.
Throughout it all, the brothers enjoyed their academic experiences at KSU.
Leland secured a one-semester internship at Assurant, the insurance and employee benefits
giant, working directly with the chief information officer, through the computer science
program. He is now looking for a job.
“It’s an excellent program,” Leland says of the computer science master’s program.
“It has a lot of practical applications because we did a lot of real-world projects
in our classes.”
Matthew is enrolling at Georgia State to get a graduate certificate in public health.
He wants to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The master’s
in statistics, he says, was great and prepared him to solve real-world statistical
And Miguel, a university scholar who made the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society and graduated
with honors, will keep working as a project manager for Insituform Technologies, a
sewer and pipeline rehabilitation firm.
He says he was impressed with how knowledgeable the Coles College of Business staff
and faculty were. “The quality of the guest speakers [was great] and the access to
the professors and staff made the program manageable,” he adds.
Miguel, who also completed a managerial coaching certificate while pursuing his executive
M.B.A., will continue to be involved with the Coles College of Business as team coach
and individual coach with students of the class of 2012. He also plans on being an
active member of the KSU Alumni Association.
“I love KSU,” Miguel says. “I had a wonderful experience.”
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers close to 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-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 126 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. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.