University honors 100,000th graduate

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Kennesaw Campus Commencement marks important milestone KENNESAW, Ga. (July 30, 2015)—Kennesaw…

Georgia (Jul 30, 2015)Kennesaw Campus Commencement marks important milestone

KENNESAW, Ga. (July 30, 2015)—Kennesaw State University student Laura Pyronneau, a biology major from Douglasville, became the 100,000th student to graduate, as the University celebrated an important milestone during its afternoon Commencement on Wednesday.

The 22 year-old Pyronneau was one of more than 1,200 students to graduate in Kennesaw State’s three Commencement ceremonies on the Kennesaw Campus. In addition to her degree, she received a framed special certificate acknowledging her special status among the University’s alumni.

In awarding her degree, Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp took note of the special occasion by briefly pausing the proceedings as Pyronneau approached the center of the stage in the Convocation Center.

“Let me introduce to everyone Kennesaw State University's 100,000th graduate, Laura Pyronneau,” Papp said. “Laura did not know she was going to be the 100,000th graduate until what, about an hour ago? Congratulations! Everyone, let's give Kennesaw State University's newest alumni another round of applause!”  

Pyronneau, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, is a native of Staten Island, N.Y. Last year, she was selected as one of 14 STEM Scholars in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. She also served as a mentor in Kennesaw State’s Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program and participated as a Kennesaw State education abroad student at Universidad del Norte, located in Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia. She graduated from Northside (Warner Robins, Ga.) High School in 2011.

“This honor is so awesome. I have enjoyed Kennesaw State so much, and I made so many good friends and loved all my classes and professors. One of the best things for me was taking part in the study abroad experience,” said Pyronneau. “Kennesaw State has really prepared me to go out in the world and succeed!”

Since December 2011, Pyronneau has worked part time as a certified pharmacy technician. Her next step is to attend pharmacy school.

Two ceremonies for another 361 Kennesaw State graduates are planned for the Marietta Campus on Aug. 1. The University graduates approximately 5,500 students each year during fall, spring and summer commencements.

Kennesaw State, which began as a junior college on Oct. 9, 1963, became a four-year college in 1978. It awarded its first bachelor’s degrees in 1980. At the time, fewer than 30 programs were offered. Today, the University has more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including an increasing number of doctoral programs.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 


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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