KENNESAW — A father and son who share a passion for numbers and science joined together on their final academic projects in order to graduate on the same day from Kennesaw State University.
Greg Doss, 53, and his son, Gage Doss, 24, of Cartersville, will each receive diplomas during the evening commencement ceremony Tuesday.
On May 13 and 14, almost 2,200 graduates will walk across the stage at the KSU Convocation Center.
“To be honest, I thought it was a novelty for us to walk together,” Greg Doss said. “Not only do I get to watch (my son) walk across the stage, I get to participate with him.”
Robert S. Godlewski, a spokesperson with the University Relations department at KSU, said although the college cannot confirm this is the first father-son dual graduation from the school on the same day, it is a very rare and unique happening.
“We have not been able to pin down any such occurrence in the last 50 years,” Godlewski said.
Greg Doss, who has been an engineering, drawing and design teacher at Sprayberry High School in Marietta for seven years, said he treats his students like adult engineers, allowing them to explore their own ideas and concepts.
“They never cease to amaze me,” Greg Doss said.
Greg Doss calls the students “amazing” and very “inspirational,” but is providing his own inspiration as an example of a man who has never stopped pursuing higher education.
When he graduates, Greg Doss will become the first doctoral student in the Bagwell College of Education to receive a degree in the educational leadership concentration.
The doctorate will make Greg Doss a triple alumnus, with an undergrad degree in secondary mathematics education and a master’s degree in educational leadership, both from KSU.