June 2006 Commencement album

By Website Administrator | Jun 10, 2006

Traffic jams, long distances and saying goodbye to friends all added extra flavor to the June 2006 Commencement ceremony.

Families came from as far away as Jamaica and India to watch as their children or family members graduated with one of eight graduate degrees or 11 undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, math and management.

 

More than 315 candidates (200 undergraduates and 116 master's) graduated. Approximately 2000 participants and guests attended the ceremony in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center. Presiding over Commencement exercises was Kettering University President Stan Liberty.

Chet Huber, president of OnStar Corporation, received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. Huber is a 1977 graduate of Kettering/GMI. Originally from Hammond, Ind., he started his co-op career with GM's Electro-Motive Division as a student in 1972 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.

 
 

Representing the undergraduates was student keynote speaker Matt Hilgendorf, of Cedarburg, Wis. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering, and he was a Sobey Scholar, Robot and President's Medal recipient. His co-op was with the Kohler Co. Engine Division in Kohler, Wis. Hilgendorf has accepted a position as a senior associate engineer in Manufacturing Research and Development, Advanced Production Technology for Caterpillar, Inc., in Illinois.

Promisingto keep his comments brief, Hilgendorf told his fellow graduates that they represented one of the first graduating classes of the Y Generation. "We are too young to remember the Berlin Wall but we remember the Dot Com bubble burst and the events of September 11," he said.

"The world was a different place when we arrived at college," said Hilgendorf, "terrorism was not yet a household word." But citing many cultural and social changes Hilgendorf said he and his classmates had an edge in an increasingly global marketplace.

"Most people graduate college with a degree and start out on the ground floor professionally," he said. "Kettering graduates start out a few levels above ground level and we've found the elevator and the doors are wide open," he said of the opportunities available to Kettering alumni.

"Kettering taught us how to learn, how to process information and how to use it," Hilgendorf said, "the next challenge is to give back and remember how you got here today."

 

Congratulations to:
The 2006 Sobey Scholars

  • Rachel L. Charron
  • Matthew L. Hilgendorf
  • Courtney E. Holder
  • Jerry C. Huson
  • Scott P. Porter
  • Michelle A. Ross
  • Kyle J. Smith
  • Kevin M. Wolter

Sobey Scholars exemplify outstanding scholarship and leadership and represent only one percent of Kettering students.

And the 2006 President's Medalists

  • Matthew L. Hilgendorf
  • Courtney E. Holder
  • Jerry C. Huson
  • Scott P. Porter
  • Michelle A. Ross

President's Medalists have exhibited extraordinary professionalism and job performance with a corporate sponsor, demonstrated outstanding scholarship and made notable contributions to Kettering, Greater Flint and their home communities.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
810-762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu