Kennesaw State University summer commencement celebrates student success

 KSU Commencement

More than 1,600 graduates; Interim President Houston D. Davis to officiate

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jul 22, 2016) — Kennesaw State University’s new Interim President Houston D. Davis will officiate four graduation ceremonies in the KSU Convocation Center on the Kennesaw Campus, beginning with the first ceremony scheduled for Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m.

More than 1,600 students will graduate on July 28 and 29. The University, which graduates approximately 5,600 students each year during fall, spring and summer commencements, is a comprehensive university and was recently classified as a Carnegie doctoral research institution (R3).

Davis has served as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at the University System of Georgia since May 2012. He assumed his role on July 1, replacing Dr. Daniel S. Papp, who retired on June 30. Davis earned a doctorate in education and human development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., a master’s degree in education administration from Tennessee State University in Nashville and a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Memphis. (Click here for downloadable photo of Houston D. Davis)


Speaker: Dale Hughes, principal/owner, Jeremiah Consulting

College of the Arts, Michael J. Coles College of Business, and WellStar College of Health and Human Services – 2 p.m.

Dale Hughes and his wife Cindy own Jeremiah Consulting, a family business that focuses on historic buildings, community projects including new business incubation and mentoring. Among their incubation investments are community restaurants, a soccer company and a learning and work performance software company named one of the “Coolest New Businesses in America” by Business Insider. In their real estate and consulting efforts, they focus on renovation and revitalization in historic downtown areas. A graduate of Emory University (B.B.A., accounting) and The University of Georgia School of Law, Hughes also teaches Business Law and Business Ethics as an adjunct professor at Point University.

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Speaker: Keisha Hoerrner, dean for University College, Kennesaw State University

Graduate College – 7 p.m.

Keisha L. Hoerrner is the Dean for University College, an academic unit at Kennesaw State University that houses the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies, the Department of Leadership and Integrative Studies, the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality, the Advising Office for New and Exploratory Students in Transition (the NEST), and Orientation and Transition Programs. The college is also the academic home for the Center for Student Leadership, a shared entity that is also part of the Division of Student Affairs. Hoerrner holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in communication from Kennesaw State College.

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Speaker: Chip Nelson, president and chief executive officer, Cobb EMC

College of Architecture and Construction Management, College of Computing and Software Engineering, Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, and University College – 10 a.m.

Chip Nelson was named president and CEO of Cobb EMC in July 2011, making him the sixth president and chief executive officer to serve the distribution cooperative since its inception in 1938. Nelson began at Cobb EMC in 1971 as a ground man on an overhead construction crew. During his 40 years at Cobb EMC, he worked his way through the ranks to vice president of engineering and operations and chief operating officer, a post he filled for seven years before stepping in as interim CEO in February 2011. While working in his ground man position, Nelson attended Southern Technical Institute (later named Southern Polytechnic State University) at night to pursue his degree in electrical engineering technology.

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Speaker: Linda Noble, associate vice chancellor for faculty affairs, University System of Georgia

Leland and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Science and Mathematics – 3 p.m.

Linda Noble is the associate vice chancellor for faculty affairs at the University System of Georgia. She began her career at KSU (then Kennesaw College) in August 1985 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. During her 22 years here, she served as department chair of psychology, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and associate director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In 2008, she assumed an assistant vice chancellor position at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and in 2011 was promoted to vice chancellor for academic affairs. In 2014, Noble served as the interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fort Valley State University.

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Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, Ga., 30144

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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