When & Where


Saturday, June 20, 2015
11 a.m.
Connie and Jim John Recreation Center


Getting to Flint and Campus


1700 University Avenue
Flint, MI 48504-6214

Places to Stay

A variety of hotels and motels are located within a reasonable driving distance of the Kettering University campus and represent a range of amenities and rates.
Hotels/Motels list

Local Area Attractions

While visiting campus for commencement, you may wish to take advantage of some of the area attractions.

Commencement Speaker


Rodney O'Neal '76

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

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

During his tenure as CEO, O'Neal led Delphi through a historic reorganization that transformed the company into a premier entity.

More information on Rodney O'Neal '76.

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 Event Registration

To accommodate all graduates and guests, it is necessary for you to RSVP. The deadline for RSVPs is Friday, June 5. 

To complete the RSVP, you must provide your Kettering email address (e.g.

>Go to the RSVP Form

Purchasing Announcements and Cap & Gown

The deadline for ordering announcements and your cap & gown regalia through Jostens on-line has passed. Students must call Jostens at  (800) 854-7464, ext.15014 to speak with Jostens directly if they need to order. Your accouncements and cap & gown will be mailed to you directly from Jostens.


The cost of graduation announcements depends on your selection. Visit Jostens on-line and follow the instructions to personalize your announcement.

Cap & Gown Information

  • Bachelors Cap, Gown and Tassel with year charm is $23.55 plus tax and a shipping fee of $11.95.
  • Masters Cap, Gown, Tassel with year charm and hood is $47.60 plus tax and a shipping fee of $11.95. Jostens will ask you to indicate your major to ensure you receive the appropriate hood.

When you receive your gown, we recommend you immediately remove the packaging and hang the gown (and hood if applicable) to remove all wrinkles. Gowns may be steamed but not pressed as pressing will damage your gown.



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.


Contact Info

For questions regarding graduation requirements and eligibility to attend commencement, refer to the Graduation Information web page.

Further questions or concerns regarding the commencement ceremony may be directed to the Commencement Hotline at (810) 762-9865.