Kennesaw State University president officially proclaims College Colors Day


School spirit on display during annual celebration on Sept. 2 Flanked by Kennesaw State University…

Georgia (Aug 5, 2011)

School spirit on display during annual celebration on Sept. 2

Flanked by Kennesaw State University Athletic Director Vaughn Williams, Scrappy the owl and representatives of the student government association, cheerleaders and dance squad, Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp signed an official proclamation to designate Friday, Sept. 2, as College Colors Day at Kennesaw State.

Papp’s proclamation calls on the Kennesaw State community to show their school spirit by wearing Kennesaw State’s black and gold school colors on Sept. 2. The national event, now entering its sixth year, kicks off the fall semester’s intercollegiate athletics season and strives to advocate higher education through increased public awareness.

After signing the proclamation in the Presidents’ Board Room in Kennesaw Hall, Papp was given a new black and gold tie by Scrappy. The tie features embroidered designs of the Kennesaw State owl. Scrappy also presented Papp and Williams with T-shirts emblazoned with “Black and Gold, Proud and Bold” in honor of the upcoming school spirit day.  

“As an up-and-coming nationally recognized university, Kennesaw State is pleased to take part in this great example of school spirit across the country,” Papp said. “I will be proud to wear my new T-shirt and my new Kennesaw State black and gold tie on national College Colors Day.

“We just held summer commencement on campus last week, and I can’t tell you how many men were wearing black and gold ties and how many women were wearing black and gold scarves with their graduation robes,” Papp continued. “There is a great sense of school spirit already, and I plan to encourage our all supporters, students, faculty and staff to show our black and gold colors on Sept. 2.”

Williams joined with Papp in praising the level of school spirit. “With the promise of football in the air here at KSU and our new men’s basketball coach Lewis Preston and his team in place, it’s truly an exciting time to be at Kennesaw State,” Williams said. “I’m really looking forward to everyone wearing our school’s colors. I want to see black and gold wherever I go, and not just on Sept. 2.”

Scrappy will join the mascots of several other colleges under the Gold Dome later this month when Gov. Nathan Deal officially designates Sept. 2 as College Colors Day in Georgia.

The celebration is dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that make the college experience great by encouraging people across the country to wear apparel of their favorite college or university. Since its inception in 2005, the national College Colors Day event has grown rapidly across the country. Thousands of organizations and millions of individuals participate annually by wearing their school’s team colors and sharing in the college spirit with friends and colleagues.

-- Robert S. Godlewski

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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