Mothers touched by tragedy to share their anti-hazing message at KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. | Nov 2, 2018

Nov. 5 program will be led by women whose sons’ deaths were related to fraternity hazing

Two mothers on a mission to end hazing on college campuses will bring their message to Kennesaw State University on November 5.

The program “Turning Tragedy into Progress,” presented by KSU’s Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Division of Student Affairs, will be at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center on the Kennesaw Campus. It is free and open to the public.


Evelyn Piazza and Rae Ann Gruver each lost a son in 2017. Timothy Piazza and Maxwell Gruver were fraternity pledges at Penn State University and Louisiana State University, respectively, and their deaths were related to fraternity hazing.


The two mothers will share their stories and lead an honest discussion about hazing. The program recognizes that hazing affects not only the lives of fraternity and sorority members, but the entire community.


Monday, November 5 at 7 p.m.


Kennesaw State Convocation Center, Kennesaw Campus, 590 Cobb Ave.

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