Summer KSU graduates are ready to launch careers
When Kennesaw State University holds commencement Tuesday, July 30, more than 1,400 graduate and undergraduate students will collect their diplomas, among them a United Nations retiree, an Estonian student-athlete, a minister who helped construct a home in Jamaica, and a German-speaking accountant who tutors young school children. Commencement speakers include University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby.
- Flora Lowe-Rockett, after working at the United Nations for three decades, the 68-year-old Lowe-Rockett enrolled at KSU. Named Student of the Year 2011-2012, she received one of the first Presidential Diversity Awards for her work on a potential KSU childcare facility. The proud grandmother of three is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society. She currently works as a student assistant in the Life Long Learning Center. (bottom right)
- Caleb Russo, 21, is graduating with honors (3.97 GPA) and receiving two degrees — a B.S. in accounting and B.A. in modern language and culture with a concentration in German. He interned in Germany with Ernest & Young and has accepted a job with Atlanta’s CPA firm Sklar & Associates. One of his essays written in German appeared in the German-American journal, GoRaRa. He also volunteers at the German School of Atlanta, where he helps 6-7 year olds increase their German fluency. (bottom left)
- Hendrik Themas, a student-athlete from Estonia and a conference champion decathlete in track and field, has been studying mixed martial arts and wants to advance in the amateur ranks of the fast-growing sport. He knows that he will serve in Estonia’s military for the better part of a year when he returns to his home country. Themas is graduating with a degree in finance and is hoping to land a job in that field. (top right)
- Gary Walker is graduating with a B.A. Integrative Studies, with concentrations in leadership and communication. The Rutledge native plans to returns to rural Morgan County to open a youth community center, something he didn’t have growing up. Walker, 23, traveled to Jamaica last winter with a group of classmates to build a house for a young family. He is a minister at his home church, Union Spring Baptist Church. (top left)
-- Robert S. Godlewski