Commencement set for Dec. 10

Nov 11, 2005

290 undergraduates and 67 master's candidates will graduate as Kettering also honors computer pioneer Steve Wozniak.

School colors will decorate the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center when Kettering University hosts Commencement Services at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10. Of a total of 357 candidates (290 undergraduates and 67 master's), around 240 will march in the processional at the December ceremony. In all, about 2000 participants and guests are expected to attend.

Here's an overview for December 2005:


  • Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, 1 p.m. (EST)
  • Connie and Jim John Recreation Center at Kettering University
  • Allow about one and one-half hours for the ceremony (doors open at 10:30 a.m.)
  • No tickets needed to attend the ceremony
  • Presiding: Kettering University President Stan Liberty
  • Information center is open in the Registrar's Office, 3rd Floor of the Academic Building, 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Free parking available in all Kettering lots, including large lots behind the Academic Building and combined lot behind Thompson Hall and the Recreation Center
  • Graduates attending commencement: approximately 200 undergraduates and 40 graduate candidates
  • Expected number of guests: 2,000
  • Faculty-hosted reception (prior to the ceremony) with light hors d'oeuvres & refreshments in the International Room, Fifth Floor of the Campus Center, 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Recreation Center opens at 10:30 a.m. for visitors to arrive and be seated
  • Graduates should assemble on the first floor of the Campus Center (just outside BJ's Lounge) between 12:30 p.m. and 12:55 p.m.
  • Marshals will be present to assist in the process. Processional begins at approximately 12:55 p.m.

Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree to: STEVEN WOZNIAK

Known as the Wizard of Woz, Steven Wozniak helped found Apple Computers and invented one of the first computers, the Apple II. An industry pioneer, Wozniak has had an active hand in making the word "computer" a household word. His extraordinary contributions have both advanced knowledge and made technology readily available to consumers around the world.

With his friend and partner, Steve Jobs, the two entrepreneurs founded Apple Computers Inc. and started a computer revolution. Wozniak's Apple II personal computer, introduced in 1977, featured a central processing unit (CPU), keyboard, floppy disk drive and a $1,300 price tag. The company, that began as a two-man operation in Jobs' garage and grew to a $500-million-a-year company, went public in 1980.

In 1985, he received the National Medal of Technology from President Ronald Reagan, the highest honor bestowed on America's leading innovators. Since then, he has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools, including an initiative in 1990 to place computers in schools in the former Soviet Union.

In 2000, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, credited with helping launch the PC industry. Today, Mr. Wozniak's time is devoted mostly to his own interests. He remains an active entrepreneur, philanthropist and volunteer. He lives in Los Gatos, California.

Connie Marie Fullerton of Ypsilanti, Mich. A President's Medal Winner, she will receive a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Grzegorz Piotr Slota of Sterling Heights, Mich. He will receive a master's degree in Engineering.

Summa Cum Laude (97.0-100): 2
Magna Cum Laude (94.5-96.9): 18
Cum Laude (92-94.4): 27

Connie M. Fullerton of Ypsilanti, Mich.
Stacy L. Boitnott of South Rockwood, Mich.
Kimberly A. Gavagan of St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Robert R. Chimelak of Warren, Mich.
Stephanie I. Cole of Lake Orion, Mich.

Jonathan M. Blocker of Clio, Mich.
Steven P. Proper of Lansing, Mich.

Bachelor's Degrees:
Applied Mathematics, 0
Applied Physics, 4
Computer Engineering, 17
Computer Science, 7
Electrical Engineering, 55
Environmental Chemistry, 3
Industrial Engineering, 17
Management, 9
Manufacturing Engineering, 2
Mechanical Engineering, 176

Master's Degrees
Engineering, 16
Engineering Management, 0
Information Technology, 1
Manufacturing Management, 11
Manufacturing Operations, 22
Operations Management, 17


Diane Wisniewski, who is receiving a bachelor's degree in Management - Marketing. An active member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and Student Government's Operations Council, her co-op job was market analysis and research for her co-op employer, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, in Elyria, Ohio.

In fact, some specialized training on her co-op job really helped her put "marketing" in perspective. "One of my best experiences as a co-op student was four days of air brake training for Bendix. We spent an entire day on valves. You have to understand a product to do a good job visualizing the images and creating literature to market it. Thatlittle bit of exposure turned out to be very important in helping me learn how to do the job."

Wisniewski, who is a graduate of Powers Catholic High School in Flint, is from Flushing, Mich.



CAN WE HELP? 1-800-955-4464, ext. 9585, or 810-762-9585 or visit the 2005 December Commencement Guide link.

Compiled by Pat Mroczek
(810) 762-9533