Henry H. Bassett

Henry H. Bassett was the President of the Buick Motor Company Henry H. Bassett was the President of the Buick Motor Company in 1919 and an influential force in the creation of the early beginnings of Kettering University. Along with Charles F. Barth, Manufacturing Manager of the Chevrolet Motor Company and other industry leaders, he supported Major Albert Sobey in his pursuit to provide higher education for Flint automotive workers at the Flint School of Automotive Trades. Henry Bassett also organized the Flint Industrial Executives Club with the idea to formulate an executive and plant management training curriculum.

In 1926, after several successful years in the community in educational programming, Henry Bassett and Major Albert Sobey petitioned the executive council of General Motors for additional resources for the school. The meeting resulted in the corporation taking over the institution, offering classes to their workers, and the financial resources of $425,000 in support to the purchase of the 10-acre campus for the new 65,000 square foot school building at the corner of Chevrolet Avenue and Dupont Street. The institutional name was then changed to the General Motors Institute of Technology and opened in 1927.


The Kettering University Centennial book is a look back at the rich history of the university.

Thursday, October 17

Sunset Room, Campus Center 2nd Floor
4-6 p.m.

Launch party for the Kettering Centennial book with reading and book signing from Author Tim Noonan.   

Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Students 

Event is free /$42.50/book

Additional opportunities for book signing:

  • Friday, October 18 - 4-6 p.m. in the Great Court
  • Saturday, October 19 – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Block Party  
  • Sunday, October 20 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. during the Golden Circle Brunch at the Presidential Residence 

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Kettering University is celebrating 25 years of exchange study programs with several German universities.

Friday, October 18

12:20-1:30 p.m
Sunset Room, Campus Center 2nd floor 

The panel discussion will highlight the role of international education within an academic, professional, and global context. The panel will also look at Kettering’s cooperative model as an opportunity for fostering further intercultural understanding and awareness. 

Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Students

$15.00/person 

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A pub crawl is part of the annual activities during Kettering University's Homecoming.

Friday, October 18

6-9 p.m.
Various locations in downtown Flint

Pub Crawl visiting downtown establishments. Meet outside Campus Center front entrance. The Pub Crawl is proudly sponsored by the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association.

Kettering University Centennial Book signing is available in Campus Center prior to Pub Crawl departure.

Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Students

$15.00/person
$5.00/person - student rate 

Ticket covers transportation from Kettering to pub crawl locations and back to campus. Lite appetizers at each stop.

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Kettering University students enjoy a sunny day with a game of corn hole.

Saturday, October 19

11 a.m. - 2 p.m,
Campus “Pool” and “Beach” with flag football game to follow at Atwood Stadium

Campus Block Party including lawn games, BBQ buffet, beer tent, flag football and more. 

Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Students

Please note this event is free to attend, however there is a $10 fee for the BBQ and 2 drink tickets.

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Kettering University hosts an annual poster session that showcases the research conducted by faculty and students.

Saturday, October 19

10 a.m-12 p.m.
Sunset Room, Campus Center 2nd Floor

Faculty poster session featuring faculty and graduate student research. Continental breakfast included. 

Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Students

Free to attend

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The Golden Circle Brunch at Kettering University is an annual event that honors alumni who are celebrating 50 or more years since graduation.

Sunday, October 20

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Presidential Residence

Brunch at the Presidential Residence for 50 year reunion class (Class of ‘69) and earlier alumni. Author Tim Noonan will sign copies of Kettering University Centennial Book.

Alumni, 50 year reunion and earlier

$10/person

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Kettering University will host a gala celebrating the future of education.

Saturday, October 19

6-11 p.m.
Connie and Jim John Recreation Center

A dynamic evening transporting you through the University's past, present, and future with special Alumni Awards and recognitions.
  • Reception at six o'clock
  • Dinner at seven o'clock (catered by Forte Belanger)
  • Program at eight o'clock
  • Afterglow and dancing to follow
Dress Code: Black Tie optional  

Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Dignitaries and Donors

$125/ ticket 
$1125 / table of 10

Ticket price includes: All food and beverage for the evening, valet parking, and coat check. 

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General Determination gets a tux