KSU Signature Events

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Event Funding and Signature Request Process

A process for colleges and departments to submit event requests for financial and signature event consideration was implemented in Spring 2019 to support university level and department level events throughout the year to engage with our community, offer students opportunities to network, and celebrate student success.

  • The Funding Approval Group approved $100,000 in complete or partial funding, dependent on the nature of the event and/or other funding opportunities the event had access to for FY2021.

    Events for FY2022 requesting financial or signature event consideration can be submitted February 1, 2021 through March 15, 2021.

    Events submitted will be reviewed by the Funding Approval Group with email notification being sent out to areas by the end of May after budgets have been approved noting funding status and amount, if applicable.

    In order for an event to be considered a signature event and/or qualify for funding, please note the following objectives:

    • Is the event important to the stature of the University?
    • Does the event contribute to the KSU culture?
    • Is the event a recruiting opportunity?
    • Will the event support the reputation of Kennesaw State University?

    Funding is not guaranteed. Funding requests will be based on the established criteria noted above and a sliding scale will be used to evaluate university-level funding opportunities. 

    Please note: Event Funding will only cover costs for set up and tear down, facility or equipment rentals, and support staff.

    Please submit the Event Funding and Signature Request form. The form submission must include a Dean or Department Head approval in order to be considered. 

    If you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact Maureen Patton at mpatton@kennesaw.edu


Kennesaw State University Signature Events

  • Commencement 

    At Kennesaw State University, students are the center of our universe. The celebration of each student’s success during graduation ceremonies serves as the high point of the year, and marks a very big achievement. You have tackled difficult exams, participated in extracurricular activities, possibly completed an internship or research project — all while making life-long friends and memories.

    Rather than an ending, commencement (both the word and the ceremony) represents a beginning. It is appropriate that an occasion which marks the beginning of a new phase of life should be conducted with pomp and circumstance, stateliness and tradition.

    For more information, please visit the KSU Commencement website

  • This campus-wide holiday celebration for faculty and staff brings everyone together to share a meal and celebrate service milestones.

    For more information, please visit the Years of Service website

  • The Collegiate Recovery Scholarship Breakfast highlights the power and promise of a student-centered, research-driven university and supports the vision of KSU. It raises awareness and accentuates the diverse, uniquely attainable and endlessly impactful, potential in every student we serve and provides hope for students recovering from substance use disorders and mental health concerns.

    For more information, please visit the CYAAR website

  • Kennesaw State's largest day of service has brought over 1,750 volunteers together since 2014. We are proud to help numerous organizations by connecting them with our students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members through volunteerism.

    For more information, please visit the KSU Day of Service website

  • KSU Events and Venue Management MLK Page Header

    The Annual MLK Legacy Breakfast has been an important part of the celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday at Kennesaw State University. Speakers selected via the Office of the President, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the student body address attendees and speak on Martin Luther King's impact on the Civil Rights Movement and how their work continues to honor his legacy.

    For more information, please visit the Cultural and Community Centers website

  • The Georgia Student Technology Competition (GaSTC) is an annual, state-wide technology competition representing the work of nearly 1,200 K-12 students in Georgia. Competition is open to all 3rd through 12th grade students competing across 15 different technology categories such as robotics, 3D modeling, animation, programming, mobile apps, video production, and digital game design. GaSTC empowers students to become skilled in technology, creativity, innovation, communication, and digital citizenship. The goal is to develop technology leaders for today's digital age.

    For more information, please visit the GaSTC website or ccse.kennesaw.edu

  • The John C. Salerno Memorial Research Symposium showcases a cross-section of faculty research at Kennesaw State University in honor of the legacy of pioneering researcher John C. Salerno.

    For more information, please visit the website

  • KSU Day is one of the most anticipated events of the year and is considered a tradition among students and recent alumni. KSU Day celebrates the unique and diverse student body and continues to foster social engagement in the campus community.

    For more information, please visit the Student Activities Website

  • The KSU Hackathon brings 200+ students and dozens of representatives from industry partners together to create an opportunity for students to interact with potential internship and job possibilities, showcase their talent, and develop their computing skills. Industry sponsors provide scholarships/awards for students and help strengthen the relationship between KSU and our business community.

    For more information, please visit the website

  • Center for Professional Selling Kennesaw State

    Launched in 1999, the NCSC is the largest collegiate sales competition in the world. The NCSC hosts top students and faculty from the best university sales programs in North America. It provides soon-to-be sales graduates with a venue for sharpening their sales skills in a highly competitive environment and networking with peers and faculty from across the United States.

    For more information, please visit Coles Center for Professional Selling

  • President's Reception hosts current and future KSU donors from all over the Atlanta Metropolitan area, providing an opportunity to thank the community for their ongoing support of KSU. Following the reception, guests are invited to take in a performance that highlights collaboration between College of the Arts and another KSU college.

    For more information, please visit the College of the Arts website 

  • KSU Events and Venue Management Pumpkin Launch Page Header

    This annual event features roughly 30 teams of first-year mechanical engineering students competing to design, build, and test pumpkin launching devices. The event is built upon the academic coursework requirement for first-year mechanical engineering students, and provides the opportunity to apply classroom principles to real-world application.

    For more information, please visit Mechanical Engineering

  • The annual regional high school tournament of the highly competitive national STEM event, Science Olympiad, takes place at Kennesaw State University each year. Over 350 high school students compete in teams with support from teachers, family, and friends. KSU students act as volunteers, hosts, and KSU ambassadors during this prestigious event.

    For more information, please visit the Georgia SCIOLY website

  • The Symposium of Student Scholars is an event to showcase research conducted by undergraduate and graduate students, with a great deal of disciplinary diversity.

    For more information, please visit the Symposium of Student Scholars website

  • KSU R Day features poster presentations of students' analytics research and guest speakers discussing evolving trends in analytics and data science. The event introduces students to analytics practitioners, allowing them to begin building their professional network, and give them a look at real-world careers available to them in analytics. Organizations are provided with a platform to meet students at all levels who are considering careers in advanced analytics and data science.

    For more information, please visit the website

  • This event recognizes researchers and scholars from the past year for notable research and scholarship accomplishments.

    For more information, please visit the Office of Research website