COTA salutes December graduates
By Cheryl Anderson Brown
Don’t cut the ends off of your ham just because your mom and grandma did. That was the message of Kennesaw State University commencement speaker Arthur Harris at the ceremony on Dec. 13 in the KSU Convocation Center. Harris, the chairman and co-founder of Spa Sydell, used the story of this family tradition to illustrate his point about not doing things the easy way or the way they’ve always been done. As it turns out, grandma only cut the ham to make it fit into her pot.
Harris further highlighted his message by asking for two volunteers from the audience. Two College of the Arts graduates, Ashley French (art) and Kerri Dempsey (art education) answered the call, while the rest of the class remained seated. Harris presented French and Dempsey with books by two of his favorite authors: Ayn Rand and Ralph Waldo Emerson. “No one but you should make your decisions,” he paraphrased from Rand, and “All life is an experiment,” he quoted from Emerson.
French and Dempsey were just two of 36 College of the Arts graduates ready to make their own decisions in the experiment of life. Joined by family, friends and , For a gallery of photos from the day, click here.