Commencement Photo Album June 2008

Jun 14, 2008

Kettering's June Commencement exercises brought families and friends to campus to help graduates celebrate their accomplishments and look toward the future.

Innovation and technology were the theme for Kettering University’s Commencement ceremonies Saturday, June 14, in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.

Kettering President Stan Liberty presided at the 11 a.m. graduation services for 315 graduates (238 undergrads and 77 master’s candidates).  The grand marshal was once again Dr. Henry Kowalski, professor of Mechanical Engineering. 

Two technology innovators, who helped propel their industries to new heights, received honorary degrees. Dr. Curtis R. Carlson, president and chief executive officer of SRI International, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science and presented the Commencement address. The late David W. Hermance, a 1970 graduate of Kettering/GMI, who has been called “the ambassador for green cars” and “a giant in advanced vehicle technologies,” was awarded a posthumous honorary Doctorate of Engineering. His family was on hand to accept the degree.

Two graduates of Kettering’s Academically Interested Minorities program (AIM) were the undergraduate student speakers. Gadryn Higgs, of Freeport Bahamas, and Stephanie Thach, of Flint, both offered comments to inspire their peers. "We are bound to do great things,” said Thach, finishing with “Good luck and remember, we’re only a Facebook message away.” Higgs encouraged his fellow graduates to: “achieve the embodiment of your dreams.”

James Bendert of San Diego, Calif., received the Outstanding Thesis Award and a bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics.  His co-op was at Argonne National Labs in Argonne, Ill.  Bendert's thesis title is: "Diagnostics of PEM Fuel Cell Electrolytes by Raman Spectroscopy and AC Impedance Spectroscopy". It covers diagnostic study of cation impurities in PEM fuel cell electrolytes by Raman spectroscopy and AC impedance spectroscopy both in the pure membrane form and within the electrode. He was nominated by his faculty adviser Dr. Bahram Roughani, interim department head of Physics. Bendert will pursue a Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis.