A Summer Celebration of Our Newest Graduates


There's a new way to tell that graduation is here – even during a pandemic. All you have to do is check out our new KS statue on the Green and you'll see graduates in their robes having a photo made in front of the iconic sculpture. We may be once again postponing our collective graduation celebration together, but that does not take away from this wonderful life accomplishment. As the summer semester comes to an end this week, please take a moment to celebrate our newest class of graduates.

We are welcoming an impressive class of Owls to the ranks of our distinguished alumni as they earn their degrees. I join Kennesaw State's faculty and staff in wishing the graduates a future filled with joy and great success. With all the great things they are doing, we are excited to see so many continuing their education. Here are just a few who have decided to advance to graduate school or move on to exciting careers:

  • Martin Garcia, who made the most of his undergraduate career by conducting impactful research in mechanical engineering, will begin the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program at KSU in the fall and will be working with Ayse Tekes, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on a National Science Foundation-funded project.
  • Angie Jackson, an Honors student and an accounting graduate who earned her degree in three years, interned at WarnerMedia and Moore Colson CPA and Advisors and received a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Accounting Oversight Board, which she will use toward her Master of Accounting program at KSU.
  • Cheyenne Murphy dealt with a global pandemic and all the resulting consequences and emerged with a nursing degree from KSU. She has accepted a nursing position on the labor and delivery unit at Augusta University Medical Center.
  • Mezi Mulugeta, an Honors student, completed her bachelor's degree in English and was accepted into KSU's Master of Arts in Professional Writing program in the creative writing and rhetoric and composition concentrations. While an undergraduate, she worked in the KSU Writing Center and served as the editor-in-chief who brought back the university’s literary journal, Waymark.
  • Greg Lupiani, an Honors student, is graduating with a history degree, and he will next work toward a law degree at Stetson University College of Law.
  • Jayla Toomer, a cybersecurity graduate, has a position as a quality assurance engineer for Mak Technologies. One of Jayla's first projects is testing for cybersecurity vulnerabilities on a product for the Army.

I remind all of our newest graduates to use #KSUGrads if they are sharing their grad photos and stories on social media and to remember that once an Owl, always an Owl. Please come home to see us often. I am inspired and full of hope knowing that our future will be in your capable hands.

Congratulations for a job well done!

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten