Common Ground

Kelly and Jake Moyle

KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 18, 2015) – Kennesaw State University’s December graduation has…

Georgia (Dec 18, 2015)

KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 18, 2015) – Kennesaw State University’s December graduation has been a family affair for Kelly and Jake Moyle of Roswell.

The mother and son duo each walked across the stage this week, with Jake accepting his degree in the Michael J. Coles College of Business graduation ceremony and Kelly being recognized in the ceremony for postgraduate students.

Jake, an undergraduate business management major, came to Kennesaw State University first. After seeing how well Jake was doing, Kelly decided to explore Coles College for her MBA and Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degrees.

“Jake’s experience was really good,” Kelly Moyle said. “I saw how the university was growing and changing first-hand, and it looked like a great school to be a part of.”

With Jake taking undergraduate classes during the day and Kelly in the MBA program at night, the two didn’t expect their time at KSU to overlap.

“I thought it was exciting that we would be going to the same school, although I knew we would never see each other because we had very different schedules and classes,” Jake Moyle said.

That held true for their first few years, but in their last semester they found themselves taking respective graduate and undergraduate operations and supply chain courses with associate professor of management Michael Maloni. At an age when most parents and children are drifting apart, Maloni’s classes gave the pair a connection.

“We were always very close, but having the same professor for similar classes definitely gave us something to talk about,” Jake said. “We were competing against each other to see who had the better grades on tests and projects.”

The two spent the semester pushing each other with friendly competition and discussing management principles over the dinner table. While the rivalry was fierce, the class also gave Kelly the opportunity for some very proud mom moments.

“We were both working on a business simulation tool at the same time,” Kelly said. “I went into class one day, and Dr. Maloni asked me, ‘Did you see Jake’s spreadsheet? It’s really amazing!’ Not many moms can go into their MBA class and hear that.”

Both Moyles graduated having gained more than business knowledge, and are grateful for the opportunity to go through college together in the community they live and work.

“Being in school together gave us more of a common ground, and it was humbling for me,” Kelly said. “I’ve always pushed both of my kids really hard and have high expectations for them. At one point I had all A’s and, when I got my first B, Jake reversed the roles and asked why I couldn’t get an A.”

Kelly Moyle graduated with a dual MBA/MSIS degree, and will continue in her role as school of business systems manager at Kubota in Suwanee. Jake Moyle graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He currently works as an operations supervisor at UPS, and plans to stay and grow within the company.

– Paula Stanton

Photo by David Caselli


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