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When Kennesaw State University holds commencement Tuesday, July 30, more than 1,400 graduate and…

Georgia (Jul 23, 2013)

When Kennesaw State University holds commencement Tuesday, July 30, more than 1,400 graduate and undergraduate students will collect their diplomas, among them a United Nations retiree, an Estonian student-athlete, a minister who helped construct a home in Jamaica, and a German-speaking accountant who tutors young school children. Commencement speakers include University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby.


  • Flora Lowe-Rockett, after working at the United Nations for three decades, the 68-year-old Lowe-Rockett enrolled at KSU. Named Student of the Year 2011-2012, she received one of the first Presidential Diversity Awards for her work on a potential KSU childcare facility. The proud grandmother of three is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society. She currently works as a student assistant in the Life Long Learning Center. (bottom right)


  • Caleb Russo, 21, is graduating with honors (3.97 GPA) and receiving two degrees — a B.S. in accounting and B.A. in modern language and culture with a concentration in German. He interned in Germany with Ernest & Young and has accepted a job with Atlanta’s CPA firm Sklar & Associates. One of his essays written in German appeared in the German-American journal, GoRaRa. He also volunteers at the German School of Atlanta, where he helps 6-7 year olds increase their German fluency. (bottom left)


  • Hendrik Themas, a student-athlete from Estonia and a conference champion decathlete in track and field, has been studying mixed martial arts and wants to advance in the amateur ranks of the fast-growing sport. He knows that he will serve in Estonia’s military for the better part of a year when he returns to his home country. Themas is graduating with a degree in finance and is hoping to land a job in that field. (top right)


  • Gary Walker is graduating with a B.A. Integrative Studies, with concentrations in leadership and communication. The Rutledge native plans to returns to rural Morgan County to open a youth community center, something he didn’t have growing up. Walker, 23, traveled to Jamaica last winter with a group of classmates to build a house for a young family. He is a minister at his home church, Union Spring Baptist Church. (top left)

 -- Robert S. Godlewski


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