Commencement set for Dec. 3

Nov 19, 2004

Kettering will honor 328 graduates and hand out two honorary degrees during December graduation ceremonies.

The Connie and Jim John Recreation Center will be decorated in holiday red and greens for Kettering University's most important ceremony - Commencement - at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, 2004. More than 325 graduates (253 undergraduates and 75 master's candidates) will be honored during December ceremonies. In all, about 1,800 participants and guests are expected to attend.

Here's an overview for December 2004:


  • Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, 4:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Connie and Jim John Recreation Center at Kettering University
  • Allow about 1 - 2 hours for the ceremony (doors open at 2 p.m.)
  • No tickets needed to attend the ceremony
  • Presiding: Kettering University President James E.A. John
  • Information center is open in the Registrar's Office, 3rd Floor of the Academic Building, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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: 253 undergraduates, 74 graduate candidates
  • Expected number of guests: 1,800
  • Department Open Houses, 1:30 to 3 p.m., in undergraduate degree departments, Graduate Studies and the Humanities Art Center
  • Recreation Center opens at 2 p.m. for visitors to arrive and be seated
  • Graduates should assemble on the third floor of the Recreation Center between 3:45 and 4:15 p.m.
  • Marshals will be present to assist in the process. Processional begins at approximately 4:25 p.m.
  • Reception immediately follows in the Recreation Center

Honorary Doctor of Engineering degrees will be presented to:

E. Michael Mutchler '57
Retired, General Motors Vice President and Group Executive In Charge of GM's North American Operations Powertrain Group and a member of General Motors North American Operations Strategy Board. He splits his time between homes in Virginia and Florida.

Charles L. Sargent '59 President, Quality Boat Lifts Inc. Fort Myers, Fla.


Cassandra Piippo of St. Ignace, Mich., will graduate with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Bioengineering application concentration. Her co-op was with H.E. Services Company in Flint.

She is a graduate of LaSalle High School in St. Ignace. A Cum Laude graduate, Piippo set her priorities to be both an honors student and active in organizations at Kettering. She is co-founder of the Kettering Awareness Council, a Sobey Scholar, and has had leadership roles in the Student Alumni Council, International Club, Society of Women Engineers, Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, Junior Achievement, Michigan Organization for Residence Hall Associations and Society of Manufacturing Engineers. She was a mentor for Kettering's Lives Improve Through Engineering program.

Her international experiences at Kettering "were awesome," she said. "I've made four trips to Europe, including touring 15 countries during the four months of my Study Abroad experience. I also attended the International Institute of Women in Engineering in Paris, France.

She has consistently been on the Dean's List, was a finalist for the Woman of the Year Award, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Freshmen Honor Society, Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society and Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

Her sister Lacy is a senior in Industrial Engineering at Kettering and her brother, Jesse, recently completed a 16-month tour of duty in Iraq for the U.S. Army's First Infantry, 36th Division. He is now stationed in Germany.


Robert DeJonge of West Olive, Mich.
He is employed by GHSP.


Summa Cum Laude (97.0-100): 5
Magna Cum Laude (94.5-96.9): 15
Cum Laude (92-94.4): 38


Shaun Timothy Carrithers of Metamora, Mich.
Anthony Ciricola of Shelby Township, Mich.
Cassandra A. Piippo of St. Ignace, Mich.
Kelly Lynn Rose of Waterford, Mich.
Mathew Alan Wright of Sandia Park, N.M.


Cassandra Piippo of St. Ignace, Mich.
Steve Wessels of Alpine, Calif.


Bachelor's Degrees:Applied Mathematics, 1
Applied Physics, 2
Computer Engineering, 19
Computer Science, 10
Electrical Engineering, 34
Environmental Chemistry, 3
Industrial Engineering, 13
Management, 19
Manufacturing Engineering, 6
Mechanical Engineering, 146

Master's Degrees
Engineering, 9
Engineering Management, 0
Manufacturing Management, 19
Manufacturing Operations, 24
Operations Management, 23


The father-daughter duo of Michael and Stephanie Zimmerman. Michael Zimmerman will graduate with a master's of science degree in Operations and Stephanie will receive a bachelor's of science degree in Mechanical Engineering. The family resides in Shelby Township, Mich.

Student leader Natasa Lingurovska of Bitola, Macedonia, who will receive a degree in Computer Engineering. She was a co-op for six terms at Sun Microsystems, rotating between network storage, onsite testing and customer advocacy. She hopes to seek a master's degree at Kettering starting in January and has career aspirations to work in marketing in Europe. She has been active on campus in Kettering's Finance Council, International Club, Student Alumni Council, Society of Women Engineers and the Clara Elizabeth Davidson Women's Resource Center. Her honors and awards including eight semesters on the Dean's List, listing in "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities," Eta Kappa Nu National Honor Society for Electrical and Computer Engineers, Professional Leadership Honor Society, New York State Math award, and the President's List.

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Compiled by Pat Mroczek
(810) 762-9533