• 175 Bachelor Degrees Awarded
  • 68 Master's Degrees Awarded
  • 13 Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • 18 Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • 35 Graduated Cum Laude


Honors & Awards

  • President's Medal

 Michael Russell - Chemical Engineering

 Elizabeth Santos - Biochemistry

 Andrew Shumaker - Mechanical Engineering

 Andrew Sullivan - Mechanical Engineering

  • Outstanding Thesis

 Michael Russell - Chemical Engineering

  • Sobey Scholars

Huong Chim - Electrical Engineering 

Michael Russell - Chemical Engineering
Elizabeth Santos - Biochemistry
Andrew Shumaker - Mechanical Engineering
Andrew Sullivan - Mechanical Engineering
  • Leaders Fellows

Huong Chim - Electrical Engineering

Adam Kajfez - Industrial Engineering
Benjamin Karczewski - Mechanical Engineering
Michael Steinert - Mechanical Engineering

Andrew Sullivan Mechanical Engineering  


Be A Future Grad

Kettering University hosted Commencement ceremonies for 200 graduates on Saturday, June 9, 2012.  The university expected to host more than 1300 graduates and family members during the 11 a.m. event .

Commencement Speaker

Robert C. Kagle '78 presented the Commencement Address.  With 30 years of venture capital investment experience, Kagle is a veteran of the venture industry.  Prior to founding Benchmark, he spent 12 years as a General Partner with Technology Venture Investors.  TVI was highly successful during the 1980s and 1990s having invested in several information technology pioneers including Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and COMPAQ Computers.  Before TVI, Kagle worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he focused on issues of corporate strategy in industries ranging from retail distribution to high technology manufacturing.

Kagle founded Benchmark Capital in 1995 and helped it become an industry leader over the past 17 years.  Benchmark manages more than $3 billion across seven funds and has consistently produced returns at the top of the venture industry.  Benchmark focuses on early stage information technology with a special emphasis on consumer related internet companies.  Notable Benchmark investments include Ariba, eBay, Twitter, Yelp!, Instagram, OpenTable, Red Hat, Zillow and Zipcar among many others.

He is a past president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and a former director of the National Venture Capital Association.

He has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1980, General Motors Fellow.  He earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University in 1978, where he was a Sobey Scholar.

At Kettering University, he served on the University's Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2010, serving as chair of the Board from 2001 to 2003.  He is a long-time member of the President's Council and is the benefactor of the Kagle Scholarship Program and the Kagle Leadership Initiatives.

Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

Charles E. Fischer Jr. was the undergraduate student speaker. Originally from Edgewater, Maryland, Fischer has been a member of the Firebirds Car Club and on the Dean’s List throughout his tenure at Kettering. He served as a Student Ambassador and has volunteered on campus for Discover Kettering and with his church youth ministry. In addition to the Dean’s List, Fischer’s awards include the Hoagland Scholarship and a professional recommendation for the U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Officer Program. He will earn a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Machine Design concentration. His co-op employment was at GKN Driveline North America. 

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Thesis

Michael Russell of Tunkhannock, Penn., was the recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for Spring 2012. His thesis titled, "Evaluation of Cellulosic Ethanol's Fuel Quality and its Effects on Automotive Intake Valve Deposits and Fuel Injector Plugging" was conducted at his co-op employer, General Motors Powertrain in Pontiac, Mich. 

Dr. Ali Zand, his faculty adviser, stated "Mike's investigation into the performance of cellulosic etlranol fuels and fuel blends versus the conventional fuet showed that there was little difference in engine perforrnance and fuel injector deposits when these renewable fuels were used. His results open the door for much wider use of biofuels and biofuel-btends in automobiles." 

Russell was presented with a medallion and certificate at the President's Honors Breakfast on June 9, prior to Commencement. The medallion was designed and machined on campus by Kettering staff member Daniel VanCura.

President's Medal

A Kettering University honor recognizing scholarship, professionalism on the job and community involvement.

Michael D. Russell received the President's Medal for excelling academically as a campus leader and serving as a example of global citizenship.

Elizabeth M. Santos received the President's Medal for being a leader and critical member of the Kettering chapter of Engineers Without Borders helping to oversee projects in Mexico and South Africa.

Andrew J. Shumaker received the President's Medal for his discplined approach to his education and his commitment to student life at Kettering University.

Andrew C. Sullivan received the President's Medal for being a student role model, serving as a student ambassador and leader in several student organizations, and his work performance during his co-op employment resulting in large cost savings.