Commencement is Dec. 11

Nov 23, 2010

Kettering will graduate 285 during ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 11. Trustee Neil De Koker '67 and graduate Matt Gaidica will offer Commencement speeches, and Stanford Ovshinsky will receive an honorary degree.

Kettering University will celebrate the accomplishments of 285 graduates at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, during Commencement services in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.  

Trustee Neil De Koker ’67 will present the Commencement address.  Matthew Gaidica ’10 will offer comments on behalf of the undergraduates.  Stanford R. Ovshinsky, noted American inventor and researcher, will receive an honorary degree.

Kettering President Stan Liberty will preside over the formal ceremonies for 211 undergraduates and 74 graduate candidates.  Dr. Karen Palmer, Faculty Senate Moderator, will serve as grand marshal.  About 1,400 visitors are expected to attend.

Here are the highlights of the upcoming ceremony:

  • Saturday, Dec. 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. Karen Palmer, Faculty Moderator
  • Parking is free and available in all campus parking lots
  • Information center is available on the first floor of the Campus Center (outside BJ's Lounge, behind the elevators) from 8:30-10:45 a.m.
  • There is no graduation rehearsal
  • Total graduates: 211 undergraduates, 74 master’s
  • Graduates expecting to march: 191 undergraduates, 36 graduate
  • Expected number of guests: 1,400
  • Faculty will host a light breakfast in the International Room, fifth floor of the 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 members 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.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Trustee Neil De Koker ’67
Neil De Koker ‘67, the founding president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), will offer the Commencement address.  An automotive industry expert, he has served in leadership roles in countless organizations and received some of the most coveted awards presented in business and industry today. 

He is a member of the Kettering University Board of Trustees and a former board member of Kettering’s Alumni Association.  Read more:

HONORARY DEGREE: Stanford R. Ovshinsky
Stanford R. Ovshinsky, a noted American inventor and researcher, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.  His long and distinguished career includes significant contributions to the field of Engineering that includes more than 400 U.S. patents and 300 scientific papers. 

He has dedicated his life to creating an entirely new area of physics and materials science, providing innovation in atomic engineering of amorphous and disordered semiconductors.  Read more:

Matthew Gaidica ‘10, an Electrical Engineering major from Northville, will offer the undergraduate student address.  Gaidica was an early student leader in Kettering’s entrepreneurial efforts.  He co-founded his own business, Prime Studios in Northville, while still a university student.  He also co-created Kettering Mobile (, a mobile website for use on “smart phones” or the iPad.  Read more:

The Outstanding Thesis Award will be awarded to Sarah Selby of Flint for her thesis, “Measurement Systems Analysis for Orthopedic Implants.”  She is a Mechanical Engineering major.  Her faculty adviser is Dr. Stacy Seeley.  Selby has been an active student leader on campus, serving as president of the Pre-Med Club and as a participant in the Rotary International eye glass project in rural Mexico. 

Krunal Desai of Grand Blanc, Mich.
Matt Gaidica of Northville, Mich.
Jenae Moore of Grand Blanc, Mich.
Adil Siddiqui of Commerce Township, Mich.

Krunal Desai, Grand Blanc, Mich.
Valentin Hernandez Lopez, Morristown, Tenn.
Andrew Serrian, Dearborn Heights, Mich.

Jacob Rambeau, Clarkston, Mich.
Natalie Reeder, St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Adil Siddiqui, Commerce Township, Mich.

Summa Cum Laude (97.0-100): 13
Magna Cum Laude (94.5-96.9):  25
Cum Laude (92-94.4): 42

Bachelor's Degrees
Applied Mathematics: 5
Applied Physics: 2
Biochemistry: 2
Business Administration: 10
Computer Engineering: 13
Computer Science: 4
Electrical Engineering: 36
Engineering Physics: 1
Industrial Engineering: 18
Mechanical Engineering: 120

Of the above degrees, four graduates were dual degrees:
Dual Computer Engineering and Computer Science: 1
Dual Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering: 1
Dual Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering 2

Master's Degrees
Engineering: 19
Engineering Management: 10
Information Technology:  1
Manufacturing Management: 2
Manufacturing Operations: 24
MBA: 10
Operations Management: 7
Dual Manufacturing Management and Operations Management-1


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Written by Patricia Mroczek