June 2005 Commencement Album
Friends, families and final goodbyes are all a part of Commencement at Kettering.
More than 350 graduates (241 undergraduates and 114 master's candidates) were honored during graduation ceremonies June 18 as a crowd of more than 2,000 graduates and guests filled the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.
Honorary Doctor of Management degrees were presented to Paul J. Chiapparone, vice chairman-retired, Electronic Data Systems Corp. (EDS) of Frisco, Texas, and Palm Beach, Fla., and Karl-Heinz Kammerlohr, director general of International Affairs, Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Stuttgart, Germany.
The undergraduate speaker was Ursula Dyer of Fenton, Mich., who was also named a Sobey Scholar and received the President's Medal. Dyer will pursue a graduate degree in Australia. The graduate student speaker was Ella Derricks, an academic adviser in Kettering's Academic Services office.
Special honors and awards included:
ELSIE ETIENNE will receive cum laud honors for a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. She recently moved to Dover, Delaware, with her daughter, Jessica, 13, and son, Evan, 10. The children were 8 and 5 when she began her studies as one of the University's few non-traditional students. She is a member of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering honor society) andTau Beta Pi (Engineering honor society).
JASON BRAMAN of Houghton Lake, Mich., will earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering. A campus leader, he served as student body president for a year while establishing his own nonprofit organization called "Real Service" on campus. He hopes to initially work in an Engineering field, then seek an MBA to help round out the skills he'll need to make "Real Service" a worldwide organization.\