Commencement is Dec. 12

Nov 24, 2009

Henry Juszkiewicz '76, CEO of Gibson Guitar in Nashville, will be the Commencement speaker and Samantha Best '09 will be the student speaker when Kettering University hosts graduation ceremonies for 292 graduates.

Kettering University will host Commencement ceremonies for more than 290 graduates on Saturday, Dec. 12.  The 11 a.m. event is free and open to the public in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.

Henry Juszkiewicz ’76, the chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar in Nashville, will present the Commencement address. Juszkiewicz’s innovative marketing tactics at Gibson Guitar turned around his faltering company in 1986, actually helping to save a piece of American rock ‘n roll.  Kettering will present him with an Honorary Doctor of Management degree.

Samantha R. Best, an award-winning Mechanical Engineering student from Clayton, N.C., is the undergraduate student speaker.

Kettering will graduate 230 undergraduate and 62 master’s candidates during graduation services.  About 206 undergraduates and 26 graduate students are expected to march at the ceremonies.  University President Stan Liberty will preside and Dr. Henry Kowalski, professor of Mechanical Engineering, will be the grand marshal. 

Here are the highlights of the upcoming ceremony:

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, 11 a.m. (EST)

  • Connie and Jim John Recreation Center 
  • No tickets required to attend Commencement 
  • Allow 1 1/2 hours for the ceremony 
  • Presiding: Kettering University President Stan Liberty
  • Grand Marshal: Dr. Henry Kowalski of Mechanical Engineering
  • Parking is free and available in all campus parking lots 
  • Information center is on the first floor, Campus Center (outside BJ's Lounge, behind the elevators) 8:30 - 10:45 a.m.
  • There is no graduation rehearsal
  • Total graduates: 230 undergraduates, 62 master’s candidates 
  • Graduates expecting to march:  206 undergraduates,  26 graduate 
  • Expected number of guests: 1,600 
  • Faculty will host a light breakfast in the International Room, Fifth Floor of the Campus Center, 8:30-10 a.m. 
  • Recreation Center doors open at 9 a.m. for visitors to arrive and be seated 
  • Faculty and staff members assemble for the Processional between 10-10:55 a.m. in the Third Floor, Recreation Center 
  • Graduates assemble on the first floor of the Campus Center (just outside BJ's Lounge) between 10:30-10:55 a.m.  
  • Formal processional begins at 11 a.m.

Henry Juszkiewicz ‘76
Honorary Doctor of Management Degree
The Commencement speaker will be Henry Juszkiewicz ’76, the chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar in Nashville, Tenn.  He has been a friend to Kettering for a number of years and is a good example of the way Kettering’s talented alumni put their creative skills to work in the marketplace. In 1986, Juszkiewicz and his partners acquired a faltering Gibson Guitar and facilitated an immediate turnaround to make Gibson profitable. For his many business and civic achievements, Kettering will present Henry with an Honorary Doctor of Management degree.  Read more:

Samantha Best ‘09
Samantha Best is the undergraduate student speaker. A Mechanical Engineering major from Clayton, N.C., her co-op job was with Delphi Electronics & Safety in Kokomo, Ind., and Vandalia, Ohio, until moving to complete her thesis at Ethicon Endo-surgery Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She is a graduate of Kettering’s LITE program and has been very active on campus.  She served as a Kagle mentor, student ambassador, C.O.M.P.A.S.S. Crew and Operations Council member and several executive boards including, National Society of Black Engineers, Black United Congress, International Club and Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society. 

She was the first Kettering student to study abroad in China.  She was recently inducted into Tau Beta Pi honor society and honored as a Woman of the Year finalist.  Her Kettering honors also include being named to the Robot Society and receiving both the prestigious President’s Medal and Sobey Award.


The Fall 2009 Outstanding Thesis Award goes to Ross D. Bosn of Lincoln, Neb.  A Sobey Scholar, he is graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His thesis is titled "ACE Process Certification of Thrust Reversers" and was written for United Technologies Corp - P&W Auto-Air in Lansing, Mich. His employer adviser at United Technologies Corp. is Eric Anderson. His faculty adviser at Kettering is Dr. Richard Dippery of Mechanical Engineering.

Summa Cum Laude (3.9-4.0): 13
Magna Cum Laude (3.7-3.89): 31
Cum Laude (3.5-3.69): 45

Samantha R. Best, Clayton, N.C.
Nackia S. Chamberlain, St. Catherine, Jamaica
Tevita A. Skein, Kingston, Jamaica
Lindsey A. Scheer, Northville, Mich.
Claire S. Utrecht, St. Joseph, Mich.

Samantha Best, Clayton, N.C.
Ross Bosn, Lincoln, Neb.
Kelly Christensen, Lambertville, Mich.
Brandon Schinzel, Fenton, Mich.
Claire Utrecht, St. Joseph, Mich.


One student has been designated as a Leaders Fellow, for demonstrating significant leadership potential and personal integrity. The recipient is Casey Cramer, New London, Ohio.

Bachelor's Degrees:
Applied Physics, 3
Business Administration (BS), 2
Chemistry, 1
Computer Engineering, 6
Computer Science, 5
Electrical Engineering, 37
Industrial Engineering, 14
Management, 2
Mechanical Engineering, 152
Dual Applied Math/Mechanical Engineering, 1
Dual Computer Engineering/Computer Science, 3
Dual Electrical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering, 4
BACHELOR'S TOTAL = 230 (September and December 2009)

Master's Degrees
Engineering, 11
Engineering Management, 11
Information Technology, 3
Manufacturing Management, 5
Manufacturing Operations, 19
MBA, 7
Operations Management, 3 
Dual Operations Management and Manufacturing Management, 3
MASTER'S TOTAL = 62 (September and December 2009)


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Written by Patricia Mroczek