Commencement is 6-11-11

May 27, 2011

U.S. Senator Carl Levin and senior Kristin Warren are the featured speakers on Saturday, June 11, when Kettering hosts June Commencement in the Recreation Center.

Kettering University will host Commencement ceremonies for more than 190 graduates on Saturday, June 11, 2011.  The 11 a.m. event is free and open to the public in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.

U.S. Senator Carl Levin will present the Commencement address and will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Kettering will graduate 133 undergraduates and 61 master’s candidates during graduation services, with 118 undergraduate and 29 graduate students expected to march during the ceremonies.

University President Stan Liberty will preside over ceremonies.  Dr. Laura Sullivan, Faculty Senate moderator, will be the grand marshal.

Here are the highlights of the upcoming ceremony:
Saturday, June 11, 2010, 11 a.m.
Connie and Jim John Recreation Center 
No tickets required to attend Commencement 
The event is free and open to the public
Allow 1 1/2 hours for the ceremony 
Presiding: Kettering University President Stan Liberty
Grand Marshal: Dr. Laura Sullivan, Faculty Senate Moderator
Parking is free and available in all campus parking lots 
Information Center on first floor of the Campus Center at BJ's Lounge from 8:30 - 10:45 a.m.
There is no graduation rehearsal
Total graduates: 133 undergraduates, 61 master’s candidates 
Graduates expecting to march: 118 undergraduate, 29 graduate
Expected number of guests: 1,000 
Faculty will host a light breakfast, International Room, fifth floor, Campus Center, 8:30 -10 a.m. 
Recreation Center doors open at 9 a.m. for visitors to arrive and be seated 
Faculty and staff assemble for the Processional between 10-10:55 a.m. in the third floor, Recreation Center 
Graduates assemble on the first floor of the Campus Center (just outside BJ's Lounge) between 10:30-10:55 a.m.  
Formal processional begins at 11 a.m.

U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan)
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree

The Commencement Speaker is U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan).  He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.  Sen. Levin is a frequent visitor and a long-time supporter of Kettering.  He has shown special interest in Kettering’s alternative energy research, its collaborations with Michigan’s public universities and Kettering’s impact on economic development in mid-Michigan.  TIME Magazine has named him one of America’s 10 best senators.  Sen. Levin has been a member the Armed Services Committee for many years and has served as the committee’s chairman since 2005. Read more on Sen. Levin.

The undergraduate student speaker is Kristin M. Warren, a Mechanical Engineering major with a Bioengineering Applications specialty and a Business minor.  She is from Hernando, Miss., and attended Kettering on a Gates Millennium Scholarship.  Her co-op experiences were at General Motors Proving Grounds in Michigan and Eli Lilly in Indiana.  Warren has been active on campus as the multi-cultural student representative for Kettering Student Government, president of Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society and a member of the Robot Society.  Her community service ranged from the Minorities in Engineering Program of Indianapolis to the Flint Children’s Museum and My Brother’s Keeper Men’s Shelter.  She plans to continue her education at Carnegie Mellon University, where she will pursue a master’s and Ph.D. funded by the Gates scholarship.

The winner of this term’s Outstanding Thesis Award is Desiree White, a Biochemistry major from Detroit and one of only 40 college students nationwide to receive a 2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program grant to pursue an advanced degree in Biological Science.  After graduation, she plans to attend Purdue University to pursue a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering.  White’s research was a collaboration with her academic adviser Dr. Montserrat Rabago-Smith on the DNA of eye color. Their findings were recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Human Genetics.  While at Kettering she was an active student leader, managing the student-run radio station, WKUF 94.3 LPFM, for three years, serving as an editor for The Technician, the student newspaper, and she is currently president of the Chemistry Club. She also served as a teacher’s aide at Durant Tuuri-Mott Elementary School since her freshman year.

Ryan T. Gee, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Novi, Mich.

Joy R. Jeyaratnam, Mechanical Engineering
Steubenville, Ohio

Desiree K. White, Biochemistry
Attica, Mich.

Ryan T. Gee, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Novi, Mich.

Joy R. Jeyaratnam, Mechanical Engineering
Steubenville, Ohio

Ryan T. Gee, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Novi, Mich.

Cum Laude: 16
Magna Cum Laude: 12
Summa Cum Laude: 14

Bachelor's Degrees
Biochemistry: 1
Business Administration/BSBA: 5
Computer Engineering: 6
Computer Science: 6
Electrical Engineering: 20
Engineering Physics: 1
Industrial Engineering: 14
Manufacturing Engineering: 1
Mechanical Engineering: 70
Dual Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics: 1
Dual Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering: 2
Dual Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering: 5
Dual Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics: 1

Master's Degrees
Engineering: 15
Engineering Management: 7
Manufacturing Management: 3
Manufacturing Operations: 13 
MBA: 14
Operations Management: 5
Dual MBA and Engineering: 1
Dual MBA and Engineering Management: 1
Dual Manufacturing Management and Operations Management: 2


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Written by Patricia Mroczek