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Father, son graduating together at KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The old saying "Like father, like son" has a special meaning for Kennesaw State University this graduation season.

Cartersville, Ga., resident Greg Doss and his son Gage Doss will graduate from KSU together on May 13, and both will get graduate degrees.

Greg, 53, a Sprayberry High School teacher of engineering, drawing and design, said he worked extra hard to graduate with his son.

"I was determined to get out early in order for my son and I to graduate together," Greg said. "I was little bit ahead, by a semester, from my cohorts."

A couple of years ago, he encouraged Gage, who had earned his Bachelor of Science in mathematics education from Berry College, to enter KSU for graduate studies. Gage provided the heavy number crunching for his dad's dissertation.

"I'm in the social sciences, and Gage is in the practical sciences," Greg said. "He laughs at some of the things social science does in statistics."

But Gage was happy to lend his dad a hand.

"I helped with the analysis in his dissertation," said Gage. "It took us a while to get a handle on the 'how to' part of the study, but after we figured it out, it was pretty easy."

Greg added, "And my dissertation was the source for his practicum. He had to use live data for his final project, which my research provided him with."

By accelerating his courses, Greg also will become the first doctoral student in the Bagwell College of Education to receive his degree in the educational leadership concentration of the educational doctorate (Ed.D.) in leadership for learning.

A triple-threat alumnus with undergraduate, specialist and master's degrees from KSU, Greg also has earned three other college degrees.

How likely is a father and son graduating together at KSU with both earnings graduate degrees? Jennifer Priestley, KSU professor of Applied Statistics and Data Science, crunched the numbers.

"The probability of a parent and child graduating together from KSU at the same time is about 0.04 percent," she said. "Now, to give you some perspective, your odds of winning American Idol are 0.005 percent," she said. "Your chances of having a YouTube video achieving a million hits, about 0.000032 percent; and your odds of winning the lottery, are not so good, at 0.00000715 percent."