The Walker School Taps Kennesaw State University President Daniel Papp to Deliver Commencement Address at May 21 Graduation Ceremony


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Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp will be the speaker at The Walker School’s ( 36th commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016. More than 75 students will graduate in the ceremony at the Coles Athletic Center on the school’s campus in Marietta (700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta).

Daniel S. Papp has served as president of Kennesaw State University, Georgia’s third-largest university, since July 2006. Under his leadership, Kennesaw State has risen in academic stature. In 2010, it became a doctorate-granting institution and launched its first Ph.D. program. In 2012, Kennesaw State was recognized as one of the top universities in the South; it was designated as a comprehensive university in 2013; and its first-year experience program was ranked for the 12th year in 2015 as one of the best in the nation.

“We look forward to hosting KSU’s President Papp at our commencement,” said Jack Hall, head of school for The Walker School. “As our educational neighbor, we know he will have a great deal of wisdom to share with our graduates.”

Prior to assuming the presidency of Kennesaw State, Papp, an international affairs scholar, served as senior vice chancellor for academics and fiscal affairs of the University System of Georgia from 2000 to 2006. In that role, Papp was responsible for system-wide academic issues, business and financial affairs, academic and business information-technology systems and strategic planning for the university system’s institutions.

Previously, Papp directed educational programs for Yamacraw, Georgia’s initiative to become a global leader in broadband technologies. He served as interim president of Southern Polytechnic State University from 1997 to 1998 and as faculty executive assistant to the president of Georgia Tech from 1994 to 1997.

About The Walker School

Located in Cobb County, The Walker School is one of Metro Atlanta’s top-ranked independent schools, providing a classic liberal arts education for students in Cobb and surrounding counties. Walker prepares young people for college and life by balancing a personalized curriculum with a challenging “STEA3M” academic program and opportunities in fine arts, languages, research and athletics.

Founded in 1957, the school today serves more than 900 students, building critical thinking in students ages three to 18. Walker offers Preschool (Early learners, Pre-K & K), Lower School (1st – 5th), Middle School (6th – 8th) and Upper School (9th – 12th).

In 2015, 100 percent of graduating students were accepted to college. The school offers 25 AP courses and 73 percent scored 3-plus on AP exams. For more information, visit or call (678) 581-0478.

About Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.