by city of Kennesaw
Mayor Mark Mathews was the keynote speaker at the summer Commencement Ceremony for Kennesaw State University’s Bagwell College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Science and Mathematics on Tuesday, July 30.
Kennesaw State is the third largest university in Georgia with over 24,000 students enrolled this year.
Mayor Mathews, a longtime Kennesaw resident, spoke of how he has watched the school grow and evolve from humble beginnings as a junior college to its current stature. He referenced the pride he and his community feel in sharing the name Kennesaw.
His message to the graduates was about seizing opportunities in a time of rapid change and uncertainty. He challenged them to accept responsibility, persevere, and be appreciative of those who love and support them as those concepts will provide a foundation for now and the future. He also congratulated their families and friends who share in their accomplishment.
“Speaking to these young people who are about to move on to the next phase of their lives was a great privilege and a real joy,” said Mathews. “I hope they will treasure this moment in time when their worlds are so full of hope and dreams, and go out and embrace what comes next.”