Student Award Winners

Student Speaker

Ryan Thomas Neph

Outstanding Thesis

Jeanette Marie Smith

Leaders Fellows

  • John Robert Oliver
  • Nathan John Dwarshuis

President's Medal

  • Julie Ann Clark
  • Elizabeth Catherine Facemire
  • Ryan Thomas Neph
  • John Robert Oliver
  • Nathan John Dwarshuis
  • Lixi Liu
  • Lance Jeffery Byers
  • Hossein Tabrizi

Sobey Scholars

  • Julie Ann Clark
  • Elizabeth Catherine Facemire
  • Lisa Ann Mitchell
  • Ryan Thomas Neph
  • John Robert Oliver
  • Hayley Lauren Schuller
  • Jordan Patrick Syrowik
  • Benjamin Stuart VanZoest

Summa Cum Laude

  • Julie Ann Clark
  • Ryan Thomas Neph
  • Nathan John Dwarshuis
  • Noah James Gagnon
  • Joel George
  • Loi Duc Huynh
  • Lixi Liu
  • Casey Michael Masters
  • Jared Kevin Moore
  • Brittany Allyson Noble
  • Danielle Marie Shaffer


Commencement Speaker

Retired Delphi CEO Rodney O'Neal '76 spoke at Kettering University Commencement ceremonies in June

Rodney O'Neal, a 1976 Kettering University graduate and former Delphi Automotive PLC CEO and president, delivered the Kettering University Commencement Address on June 20, 2015.

More information on Rodney O'Neal '76.

Student Speaker

Kettering University student commencement speaker focused on using degree to improve lives of others

More information on Ryan Neph ‘15.

Award Winners

Meet the 12 graduating students who are recipients of prestigious institutional honors this year.

Top Row (left to right): Lance Byers, Julie Clark, Nathan Dwarshuis, Elizabeth Facemire, Lixi Liu, Lisa Mitchell; Bottom Row: Ryan Neph, John Oliver, Hayle Schuller, Jordan Syrowik, Hossein Tabrizi, Ben VanZoest. Read more.

Commencement and Graduation

Commencement is the ceremony honoring degree candidates and those who have already received degrees. Commencement occurs in June each year.

Graduation is the actual awarding of a degree. Degrees are awarded after each term; March, June, September and December. The graduation and diploma date are always the last date of the graduating term.

Commencement Facts

  • Connie and Jim John Recreation Center 
  • No tickets required to attend Commencement, however, each graduate is limited to 8 guests
  • All graduates must RSVP and provide the number of guests attending
  • The event is free
  • Allow 2 1/2 hours for the ceremony 
  • Presiding: Kettering University President Robert McMahan
  • Grand Marshal: Faculty Senate Moderator
  • Parking is free and available in all campus parking lots 
  • There is no graduation rehearsal
  • Graduates must report to the Great Court between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. to check in
  • Graduates assemble in the tunnel between 10:30 and 10:50 a.m. to line up  
  • Faculty and staff assemble for the Processional between 10-10:55 a.m. in the third floor, Recreation Center
  • Formal processional begins at 11 a.m.