Commencement is June 18

Jun 3, 2005

More than 350 graduates will be honored June 18. Honorary degrees will be awarded to retired EDS executive Paul J. Chiapparone and Germany's Karl-Heinz Kammerlohr.

Blossoms and greens will grace Kettering University's largest event of the year -- June Commencement - at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 2005. The event is in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.

More than 350 graduates (241 undergraduates and 114 master's candidates) will be honored during June graduation ceremonies as a crowd of more than 2,000 graduates and guests are expected to attend.

Here's an overview for June 2005:


  • Saturday, June 18, 3 p.m. (EST)
  • Connie and Jim John Recreation Center at Kettering University
  • Allow 1 - 2 hours for the ceremony (doors open at 1 p.m.)
  • No tickets needed to attend the ceremony
  • Presiding: Kettering University President James E.A. John
  • Grand Marshal: Jacqueline El-Sayed, Faculty Senate Moderator
  • Information Center: Registrar's Office, Academic Building, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free parking available in all Kettering parking lots
  • Free shuttle parking available
  • Graduates: 241 undergraduates, 114 graduate candidates
  • Expected number of guests: 2,000+
  • Department Open Houses, Noon to 1:30 p.m., in undergraduate degree departments, Graduate Studies and the Humanities Art Center
  • Recreation Center doors open at 1 p.m. for visitors to arrive and be seated
  • Graduates should assemble outside on the North Terrace of the Campus Center (facing Third Avenue) between 2:15-2:55 p.m. (Assemble Rainsite: Third Floor Weight Room, Recreation Center.)
  • Professor Gregory Hassold will provide organ music for the ceremony
  • Marshals will assist with the procession, which begins at 2:55 p.m.
  • Associate Professors James Huggins and Andrew Borchers will lead the faculty in theprocession
  • Linda Peterson, vice president for Human Resources, will lead the trustees
  • Buffet reception immediately follows on the lawn

Honorary Doctor of Management degrees will be presented to:

Paul J. Chiapparone, vice chairman-retired, Electronic Data Systems Corp. (EDS) of Frisco, Texas, and Palm Beach, Fla.

In many ways, the career of Paul J. Chiapparone is the history of EDS. When he retired in 2003, he was the longest serving EDS executive. He played a critical role in each of the company's major transitions. In the late 1970s, he was taken hostage by revolutionaries in Iran and was subsequently released in a daring private rescue profiled in the book "On Wings of Eagles." He went on to lead the company's General Motors business during the time EDS was owned by GM and in the critical period following the company's split from GM in 1996.

Paul J. Chiapparone was born in Long Island, N.Y., in 1939. He graduated from Adelphi University in New York with a degree in accounting. He joined EDS as a systems engineer in 1966. Mr. Chiapparone was named corporate comptroller in 1979. In 1982, he was appointed head of operations for the federal government business. Later that year, he was named a corporate vice president. Mr. Chiapparone was given overall responsibility for the company's federal, state and local government business the next year, and in 1987, he received responsibility for the GM business. In 1996, he was named an executive vice president.

He retired as vice chairman of EDS in February 2003. Mr. Chiapparone served two terms as rector of the board of visitors of James Madison University and was a trustee at Kettering University for 15 years, from 1991 to 2004. He chaired Kettering's International Committee and was important in the development of a partnership between Kettering andEDS. In 2004-05, he served as a member of the Presidential Search Committee that led to the hiring of Dr. Stanley R. Liberty as Kettering's sixth president.

He is currently a member of the board of trustees of Cranbrook Educational Community and The Catholic University of America. He also serves on the board of the National Italian American Foundation. In 2002, Mr. Chiapparone was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanitarian Service by the National Italian American Foundation.

He and his wife, Ruth, have two daughters, Karen and Ann Marie, and two granddaughters, Kylie and Anna Josephine. They reside in Frisco, Texas, and Palm Beach, Florida.

Karl-Heinz Kammerlohr, director general of International Affairs, Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Stuttgart, Germany

For 35 years, Karl-Heinz Kammerlohr has dedicated his professional career to expanding the educational system in Baden-Wuerttemberg in Germany. He is a key reason why Kettering University's international exchange program is currently considered the most successful exchange involving universities of applied sciences in Baden-Wurttemberg and universities in the USA.

In the 1970s, working in the Ministry of Education, he played a major role in restructuring the educational system by drawing up development plans for schools and universities. In the 1980s, he laid the groundwork for need-related planning and financial planning at universities. Taking the framework of German constitutional law into account, he developed a widely accepted system, still in use today, for the quantitative assessment of capacities at state institutions of higher education. In the last 15 years, at the Ministry of Science and Research, Mr. Kammerlohr has devoted himself almost exclusively to promoting the internationalization of higher education institutions in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Herealized early that in a steadily shrinking world, characterized by increasing globalization, universities would be able to maintain and enhance their competitiveness only by intensifying and expanding their international contacts. Today, Baden-Wuerttemberg's 50 state-run institutions of higher education have close links to universities abroad through more than 1,500 partnership agreements.

Mr. Kammerlohr is the architect of the exchange program with Kettering University. The program began in 1993 and has systematically expanded since 1997. Thanks to his initiative and efforts, tailor-made study modules in English language were set up for Kettering students at five partner universities in Baden-Wuerttemberg, helping to bridge the language barrier for American students. Studying in Baden-Wuerttemberg has been made particularly attractive to Kettering students because they receive full credit at their home university for courses taken in Baden-Wuerttemberg. This saves them time and prevents them from having to prolong their study at the university.

Under this system more than 1,000 students on both sides of the Atlantic have been able to study abroad in the last 10 years. Exchange opportunities such as these are especially important for young people because they bring them into contact with a foreign culture, thus promoting mutual understanding and tolerance. A statement made by a Kettering student upon his return to the USA says it all: "This opportunity was a great adventure and an experience; it changed my life." A major gift to Kettering University in 2005, the Oswald Endowment for International Student and Faculty Exchange, will increase the number of students and faculty members who will participate in exchange programs.

Mr. Kammerlohr was also responsible for a recognition presented April 9, 2005, when Kettering University President James E.A. John was honored in Stuttgart, Germany, for his leadership in arranging exchange programs and promoting German-American understanding. President John received the prestigious Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg during a formal ceremony. Among the other distinguished recipients was former President of France Valery Giscard d'Estaing. The German citation read, in part: "With this exchange program, it is possible to better the position of the universities of applied sciences in important international education markets, leading to a significant escalation in international efforts."

The undergraduate speaker will be Ursula Dyer of Fenton, Mich., who has been named a Sobey Scholar and will receive the President's Medal. Those prestigious honors only begin to define Dyer's experience at Kettering. A management major with a minor in economics, she served as president of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and was named outstanding chapter president of the year in 2004. In competition with Delta Epsilon Chi, she earned top honors in Michigan and a second place award in the national contest. Other honors and awards include Robot Society, Student Alumni Council Distinguished Leadership Award, Leaders Fellows, Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society, Kappa Mu Epsilon math honor society, Sigma Alpha Chi (for high scholarship among management majors), Order of Omega national Greek honor society, Rho Lambda international Panhellenic leadership recognition society, and Gamma Sigma Alpha national Greek academic honor. She is a past recipient of the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award from the IMEB department, and received an honorable mention for Kettering's Woman of the Year. She also achieved Dean's List and Minorities in Higher Education honors. Her community service includes tutoring local Flint elementary students, and volunteer work for the Michigan Breast Cancer's Susan G. Komen Foundation, American Heart Association, Red Cross,American Cancer Society and others. She is a recipient of the NAACP Earl G. Graves Scholarship.

The graduate speaker will be Ella Derricks, of Flint Michigan, an academic adviser in the Academic Services Office at Kettering University. She will receive a master's degree in Operations Management. Derricks is also a summa cum laude graduate of both Mott Community College and Baker College of Flint where she majored in Business Administration. At Baker she served as an officer in the Synergy Club. Interested in community service, she is currently an active member of North Star Baptist Church. The daughter of Robert Lee and JoAnn Derricks and Vickie Rawls, Derricks has a 9 year old son, Deonta.

Summa Cum Laude (97.0-100): 4
Magna Cum Laude (94.5-96.9): 16
Cum Laude (92-94.4): 25

Ursula Dyer of Fenton, Mich.
Katherine E. Haggerty of Sylvan Lake, Mich.
Stephanie N. Hanes of West Branch, Mich.
Khia F. Moses of Youngstown, Ohio
Kaitlin A. Mulligan of Lockport, N.Y.

Ursula Dyer of Fenton, Mich.
Stephanie Noel Hanes of West Branch, Mich.
William Joseph Rein of Dearborn Heights, Mich.


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) and Tau 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, than seek an MBA to help round out the skills he'll need to make "Real Service" a worldwide organization.

Bachelor's Degrees:
Applied Mathematics, 1
Applied Physics, 8
Computer Engineering, 19
Computer Science, 9
Electrical Engineering, 44
Environmental Chemistry, 2
Industrial Engineering, 11
Manufacturing Engineering, 2
Mechanical Engineering, 127

Master's Degrees
Engineering, 24
Engineering Management, 2
Manufacturing Management, 16
Manufacturing Operations, 37
Oerations Management, 35

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Compiled by Pat Mroczek
(810) 762-9533