Commencement is Dec. 15

Nov 30, 2007

Kettering will host Commencement ceremonies for 272 graduates at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Gary L. Cowger, a 1970 graduate and group vice president at General Motors Corp., will offer the Commencement address.

Gary L. Cowger, group vice president of Global Manufacturing and Labor Relations at General Motors Corp. and a 1970 graduate, will offer the Commencement address when Kettering University hosts graduation ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.

Two honorary degrees will be presented and Kettering will graduate 213 undergraduate and 59 master’s candidates during graduation services.  About 160 undergraduates and 36 graduate students are expected to march at the ceremonies. 

University President Stan Liberty will preside.  Grand Marshal is Dr. Henry Kowalski of the Mechanical Engineering Dept. 

Joseph Gallagher of Grand Rapids will be the undergraduate student speaker.  Gallagher is currently the student body president for B-Section. 

Here are the highlights of the upcoming ceremony:

  • Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, 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 open in the Registrar's Office, 3rd Floor of the Academic Building, 8-10 a.m.
  • There is no graduation rehearsal
  • Total graduates: 213 undergraduates, 59 master’s candidates 
  • Graduates expecting to march: 160 undergraduates, 36 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.


Group vice president of Global Manufacturing and Labor Relations at General Motors Corp.
Honorary Doctor of Engineering

A 1970 graduate of Kettering/GMI, Gary L. Cowger is one of Kettering’s most famous and acclaimed graduates.  His resume features a long list of ever-increasing responsibilities for General Motors, including being named president of General Motors North America, which gave him responsibility for all GM operations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Read Gary L. Cowger's Biography.

D-Flint, Michigan 5th Congressional District
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Also receiving an honorary degree in December is Congressman Dale E. Kildee (D-Flint), who will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.  Congressman Kildee represents Michigan’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  A native of Flint and former teacher, the Congressman is considered one of the most respected political leaders in the country. Read Congressman Dale L. Kildee's Biography.

Summa Cum Laude (97.0-100): 5
Magna Cum Laude (94.5-96.9): 14
Cum Laude (92-94.4): 39

Donald Burlock of Indianapolis, Ind.
Jessica Forman of Leonard, Mich.
Joseph Gallagher of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Alan Spohn of Westland, Mich.
Daniela Thompson of Waterford, Mich.

Alan Spohn of Westland, Mich.
Daniela Thompson of Waterford, Mich.
Charles Ott of Conneaut Lake, Penn.

Bachelor's Degrees:
Applied Mathematics, 2
Chemistry, 1
Computer Engineering, 6
Computer Science, 1
Electrical Engineering, 42
Industrial Engineering, 17
Management, 7
Mechanical Engineering, 127
Dual Computer Science and Applied Math, 1
Dual Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, 7
Dual Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, 1
Dual Mechanical Engineering and Applied Math, 1
BACHELOR'S TOTAL = 213 (September and December 2007)

Master's Degrees
Engineering, 11
Engineering Management, 2
Information Technology, 2
Manufacturing Management, 11
Manufacturing Operations, 18
MBA, 3
Operations Management, 9
Dual Operations Management and Manufacturing Management, 3
MASTER'S TOTAL = 59 (September and December 2007)


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Written by Patricia Mroczek