Graduates Making Transition to Success


Our spring 2020 graduates may not have finished their collegiate careers on campus, but they certainly finished strong! This is a special week for Kennesaw State University as we celebrate our newest class of graduates. And while we are not having the Commencement ceremonies on campus right now, rest assured that they will take place later when we can celebrate in a way that ensures the health and safety of our graduates and their families.

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 heartfelt wishes for a future filled with joy and great success for our newest graduates.

So many of our graduates are moving on to exciting careers.

  • Addie Thornton, who was active in student organizations while earning her civil engineering degree, has turned an internship at Marietta-based engineering firm Atwell into a full-time job.
  • Hanson Bassey, whose passion for art and technology drove him to be a major part of KSU’s 3D Lab in the College of the Arts, is working at an Atlanta-based sculpture firm, Imagination Fabrication.
  • Elisabeth Petit-Bois, who had multiple internships around the world that allowed her to focus on human-computer interaction research, is pursuing a graduate degree at Georgia Tech. She will study computer science with an emphasis in human-computer interaction.
  • Carmen Chubb, who earned her Executive MBA at KSU while working as the chief of staff for the mayor of Atlanta, will continue using the skills she learned at KSU in her career.
  • Edwin Baidoo, who began his career working in a hedge fund in NYC, is graduating from KSU’s Ph.D. in Analytics and Data Science and has accepted a tenure-track position at Tennessee Tech’s business school.
  • Emma Pearson, a Birla Carbon Scholar, presented at the NASA Space Grant Consortium and will start her Ph.D. in physics at The University of Alabama.
  • Kaylon Marion, a history major with a minor in legal studies, was a legislative intern at the Georgia State Capitol. She is pursuing a law degree at the Southern University Law Center in Louisiana, where she plans to pursue a career in corporate law.

I remind 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