Graduation Day is close!

Nov 22, 2002

The smiles will be many on Friday, Dec. 6, when Kettering University will host Commencement ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.

The smiles will be many on Friday, Dec. 6, when Kettering University will host Commencement ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center. Kettering is rapidly preparing for 214 undergraduates and 146 master's candidates to earn their well-deserved degrees.

Here's an overview:

** Friday, Dec. 6, 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
** Connie and Jim John Recreation Center at Kettering University
** Allow about two hours for the ceremony
** No tickets required to attend
** Presiding: Kettering University President James E.A. John
** Student speaker: Ginger E. Peters of Fenton, Mich.
** 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: 214 undergraduates, 146 graduate degrees
** Expected number of guests: 2,000

** Two honorary degrees:

Stan O'Neal '74
Chief Executive Officer
Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
New York, N.Y.
Honorary Doctor of Management

Stan O'Neal '74 will be named chief executive officer of Merrill Lynch Inc. in early December and will assume the additional title of chairman in April 2003. He began his career at General Motors as a co-op student at Kettering/GMI, earning a bachelor's degree in Industrial Administration in 1974.

After receiving an M.B.A. in finance from Harvard University, he joined the General Motors treasury department. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1986 as a director of investment banking. Mr. O'Neal has held a succession of senior management positions at Merrill Lynch, including chief operating officer, president of the U.S. Private Client Group, chief financial officer, and co-head of Global Markets and Investment Banking.

Mr. O'Neal has served as vice chairman of the Securities Industry Association, a member of the Capital Markets Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange, and a director of the Nasdaq Stock Market. He serves on the board of the General Motors Corp.

His civic activities include serving on the boards of the National Urban League, Ronald McDonald House of New York, Catalyst and the Buckley School. He also serves on an advisory council to the Bronx Preparatory Charter School of New York.

He was #1 on "Fortune" Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America and has been featured on the cover of "Fortune," "Newsweek" and other publications in 2002.

Edward J. Neithercut, J.D.
Retired Partner, Neithercut and Neithercut
Flint, Mich.
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Edward J. Neithercut, recently retired partner at the law firm Neithercut & Neithercut, has a long history of service to Kettering University and to the community at large. As legal counsel for Kettering University, Mr. Neithercut has helped the University navigate property acquisitions, the name change from GMI to Kettering, and issues related to campus expansion.

After serving four years in the United States Navy in Panama, Mr. Neithercut earned his law degree from the University of Michigan and joined the Michigan State Bar in 1950. Upon joining the law firm of Neithercut & Neithercut started by his father and uncle in 1918, Mr. Neithercut began serving the greater Flint community both in and out of the courtroom.

He was the attorney for Genesee Township and Flint Township, past president of the Genesee County Bar Association and served as chairman of the local Attorney Grievance Commission.

His civic involvement included serving on the board of trustees for Genesee Merchants Bank/NBD Genesee Bank, McLaren Regional Medical Center, Court Street Village Non-Profit Housing Corp., The Community Foundation of Greater Flint and the YMCA. Mr. Neithercut was also a member of the Flint Jaycees and the Citizens Advisory Committee for the University of Michigan-Flint.

Active in the Court Street United Methodist Church and Bay View Association, he and his wife Elizabeth are also major contributors to the Flint Cultural Center, Flint Institute of Arts and Flint Institute of Music.

Married for 52 years, Mr. and Mrs. Neithercut now live in Traverse City, Mich., and have four children and four grandchildren.

Summa Cum Laude (97.0-100): 6
Magna Cum Laude (94.5-96.9): 10
Cum Laude (92-94.4): 26

Ginger Elizabeth Peters of Fenton, Mich.
Cara Sue Clippert of Troy, Mich.

Daniel J. Bartz of Lake Orion, Mich.
Ginger E. Peters of Fenton, Mich.
Nicole J. Primeau of Durand, Mich.
Lesa K. Schneider of Hale, Mich.
Laura E. Wolf of Perrysburg, Ohio
Seth G. Woodward of Maceo, Ky.

** Graduation Questions? Registrar's Office: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 3-309 Academic Building
** Open Houses, 1-2:30 p.m.
** Baccalaureate Services in McKinnon Theatre, Academic Building: 2-3 p.m.
** Alumni Gathering, 3-4 p.m., Sunrise Room, Campus Center
** Commencement, 4:30 p.m., Connie and Jim John Recreation Center
** Graduation Reception, 1st floor, Recreation Center, immediately following

HOTELS/RESTAURANTS: Contact the Flint Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: 1-800-24-FLINT or (810) 232-2211 or web site:

DIRECTIONS: General information on Kettering University and driving directions are available on the web site at:

CAN WE HELP? 1-800-955-4464, ext. 9585, or 810-762-9585