One Small Step…One Giant Leap


It’s always a special time on our campuses when Kennesaw State University takes time to celebrate a new class of graduates, which is happening this week during three summer Commencement ceremonies. As we welcome about 1,400 Owls to the ranks of our distinguished alumni, I join KSU faculty and staff in wishing our newest graduates a future filled with joy and success.

So many of our graduates have found their passion for exciting careers by choosing to earn a degree from Kennesaw State University:

  • Jie Hao, who is among the first students to earn a Ph.D. in Data Science from KSU, will take her research focus on statistical analysis in the area of epidemiology to a new career as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.

  • Avery Gillham, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in dance, is already under contract with City Springs Theatre in Sandy Springs. Currently he is appearing in the musical Hairspray at the City Springs Theatre in Sandy Springs and is looking forward to being a part of their shows for season two.

  • Megan Colapinto, who discovered her passion for selling during her freshman year, captained Kennesaw State’s sales team, won the KSU Sales Cup competition three times, and this month will receive her professional sales degree with a 4.0 grade point average. Megan has already started her career as a sales engineer for Ciena, a Maryland-based networking systems, services and software company.

  • Christina Walthers, a graduate in psychology, is continuing her passion for learning about ways to help people dealing with Alzheimer’s disease by starting her career working in neuropsychology at the Athens Concussion and Neuropsychology Center in Athens.

All of our graduates can be proud of their achievements as they walk across the stage at this week’s Commencement exercises as the newest alumni of Kennesaw State. I want to remind our summer graduates: once an Owl, always an Owl. So come home to see us, and consider KSU if you are looking to further your education in the future.

Congratulations on this significant achievement!

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten