Commencement at Kettering

Jun 9, 2007

More than 150 graduates attended Commencement ceremonies June 9 in Kettering's Recreation Center.

A total of 250 graduating students were honored during spring Commencement Ceremonies at Kettering University, with 109 undergraduates and 46 master's candidates marching in the processional June 9 in Kettering University's Recreation Center.

Joseph B. Anderson Jr., chair and CEO of TAG Holdings Companies in Troy, received an honorary doctor of Management degree and delivered the Commencement address. He spoke on the importance of leadership.

Chad M. Swartz of Standish served as the undergraduate student speaker. Swartz graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His co-op was with the U.S. Army TACOM unit in Warren, Mich.

He ends his college career with a number of honors, including Sobey Scholar, Robots, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Tau Sigma, Professional Leadership Society and Tau Beta Pi.

Eight students received Kettering's highest recognitions

Four received President's Medals for their professionalism, job performance, outstanding scholarship and notable community contributions. The recipients were:

  • Alexander B. Burtch of Novi,
  • Molly E. Hill of Grand Blanc,
  • Lisa C. Tamanini of Beverly Hills, and
  • Re'Nisha D. White of Flint.

Six students were named Sobey Scholars, for outstanding scholarship and leadership. The recipients were:

  • Alexander B. Burtch of Novi,
  • Ari L. Greenwald of Beachwood, Ohio,
  • Molly E. Hill of Grand Blanc,
  • Walter M. Lazar II of Milford,
  • Rebecca E. Lee of Eaton, Ohio, and
  • Chad M. Swartz of Standish.

Three students were named Leaders Fellows, for significant leadership potential and personal integrity. The recipients were:

  • Alexander B. Burtch of Novi,
  • Rebecca E. Lee of Eaton, Ohio, and
  • Re'Nisha D. White of Flint.

Seven students were honored for being named to Robots, one of the oldest honor societies on campus. Robots is a campus recognition for outstanding leadership qualities in extra curricular activities. Honored were:

  • Alexander B. Burtch of Novi,
  • Ari L. Greenwald of Beachwood, Ohio
  • Molly E. Hill of Grand Blanc,
  • Walter M. Lazar II of Milford,
  • Rebecca E. Lee of Eaton, Ohio,
  • Travis H. Stroppel of Macon, Mo., and
  • Chad M. Swartz of Standish

The Outstanding Thesis Award was presented for the first time to Nathaniel J. Dennis of Grand Blanc. The Mechanical Engineering graduate earned the award for his thesis titled, "New Concept Driver Airbag Cushion Design and Optimization Study" written for Takata of Auburn Hills.

Dennis was previously awarded the first "Crash Safety Engineering Student Excellence Award" at the 50th International Stapp Car Crash Conference in 2006. The award, presented by R.A. Denton Inc. and TASS - TNO Automotive Safety Solutions, recognized Dennis for academic excellence and innovation in the area of occupant safety.

Written by Pat Mroczek
(810) 762-9533
pmroczek@kettering.edu