Mescon to Speak at CSU’s Fall Commencement

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University’s fall commencement ceremony will feature an address from Tim Mescon in his final appearance at graduation as president of the university on Monday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbus Civic Center.

More than 500 candidates are expected to participate in the ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

The fall 2014 commencement ceremony will also feature Jack and JoRhee Pezold, who will be awarded with honorary degrees and recognized for their contributions to CSU’s Schwob School of Music. Mescon praised the Pezold endowment for its value in enhancing the benefits of studying piano and organ at the Schwob School of Music, thus continuing to attract some of the world’s most gifted musicians.

The Pezold Endowment has created more student scholarships, graduate assistantships, and travel opportunities for CSU keyboard students to participate in international competitions and festivals, as well as other special programs and initiatives that aim to enhance the piano and organ areas of the Schwob School of Music. More information about the Pezold endowment can be found at

Mescon, who came to Columbus State as its fourth president in 2008, announced his retirement in early September. Under Mescon’s leadership, Columbus State University set records in fundraising, reached new giving levels in its annual fund, and launched its first doctoral program and several other graduate programs, including the nation’s first graduate program in Servant Leadership.

For more information on CSU commencement, visit A live webcast of CSU's commencement will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. the day of the ceremony.