Commencement is Saturday

Jun 4, 2012

Bob Kagle ’78 will present the keynote address Saturday when Kettering hosts Commencement for more than 200 graduates.

Kettering University will host Commencement ceremonies for more than 240 graduates on Saturday, June 9, 2012.  The 11 a.m. event is free and open to the public in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.

Kettering will graduate 175 undergraduates and 68 master’s candidates during graduation services, with 154 undergraduate and 42 graduate students expected to march during the ceremonies.

University President Robert K. McMahan will preside over ceremonies.  Dr. Jim Huggins, Faculty Senator Moderator, will be the grand marshal.  


Robert C. KagleRobert C. Kagle, one of the country’s best known venture capitalists, will deliver the Commencement address.  Kagle is a native of Flint and a 1978 graduate of Kettering University.

With 30 years of venture capital investment experience, Kagle is a veteran of the venture industry.  Prior to founding Benchmark, he spent 12 years as a General Partner with Technology Venture Investors.  TVI was highly successful during the 1980s and 1990s having invested in several information technology pioneers including Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and COMPAQ Computers.  Before TVI, Kagle worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he focused on issues of corporate strategy in industries ranging from retail distribution to high technology manufacturing. 

Kagle founded Benchmark Capital in 1995 and helped it become an industry leader over the past 17 years.  Benchmark manages more than $3 billion across seven funds and has consistently produced returns at the top of the venture industry.  Benchmark focuses on early stage information technology with a special emphasis on consumer related internet companies.  Notable Benchmark investments include Ariba, eBay, Twitter, Yelp!, Instagram, OpenTable, Red Hat, Zillow and Zipcar among many others.

He is a past president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and a former director of the National Venture Capital Association.

He has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1980, General Motors Fellow.  He earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University in 1978, where he was a Sobey Scholar.

At Kettering University, he served on the University's Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2010, serving as chair of the Board from 2001 to 2003.  He is a long-time member of the President's Council and is the benefactor of the Kagle Scholarship Program and the Kagle Leadership Initiatives.


Charles E. Fischer Jr. and wife MandiCharles E. Fischer Jr. will be the undergraduate student speaker. Originally from Edgewater, Maryland, Fischer has been a member of the Firebirds Car Club and on the Dean’s List throughout his tenure at Kettering. He served as a Student Ambassador and has volunteered on campus for Discover Kettering and with his church youth ministry. In addition to the Dean’s List, Fischer’s awards include the Hoagland Scholarship and a professional recommendation for the U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Officer Program. He will earn a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Machine Design concentration. His co-op employer was at GKN Driveline North America. 


Michael Russell of Tunkhannock, Penn., is the recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for Spring 2012.  His thesis titled, "Evaluation of Cellulosic Ethanol's Fuel Quality and its Effects on Automotive Intake Valve Deposits and Fuel Injector Plugging" was conducted at his co-op employer, General Motors Powertrain in Pontiac, Mich.  His faculty adviser is Dr. Ali Zand from Chemistry/Biochemistry.  Russell will be presented with a medallion and certificate at the President's Honors Breakfast on June 9, prior to Commencement.  The medallion was designed and machined on campus by Kettering staff member Daniel VanCura.

A Kettering University honor recognizing scholarship, professionalism on the job and community involvement.

Michael D. Russell, Tunkhannock, Penn., Chemical Engineering
Elizabeth Santos, Sanford, Fla., Biochemistry
Andrew J. Shumaker, Oxford, Mich., Mechanical Engineering
Andrew C. Sullivan, Grand Blanc, Mich., Mechanical Engineering

Michael D. RussellElizabeth SantosAndrew J. ShumakerAndrew C. Sullivan

A Kettering University honor recognizing leadership qualities and scholarship.

Huong Thuy Chim, Grand Rapids, Mich., Electrical Engineering
Michael D. Russell, Tunkhannock, Penn., Chemical Engineering
Elizabeth Santos, Sanford, Fla., Biochemistry
Andrew J. Shumaker, Oxford, Mich., Mechanical Engineering
Andrew C. Sullivan, Grand Blanc, Mich., Mechanical Engineering

A student leadership endowment established by recent graduates recognizing aspiring student leaders.

Huong Thuy Chim, Grand Rapids, Mich., Electrical Engineering
Adam G. Kajfez, Mentor, Ohio, Industrial Engineering
Benjamin Richard Karczewski, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Michael James Steinert, Berkley, Mich., Mechanical Engineering
Andrew Christopher Sullivan, Grand Blanc, Mich., Mechanical Engineering

Commencement CeremoniesACADEMIC HONORS
Cum Laude: 35
Magna Cum Laude: 18
Summa Cum Laude:13

Bachelor's Degrees

Applied Math: 1
Applied Physics: 3
Biochemistry: 3
Business Administration/BSBA: 5
Chemical Engineering: 3
Chemistry: 3
Computer Engineering:10
Computer Science: 11
Electrical Engineering: 22
Engineering Physics: 1
Industrial Engineering: 13
Mechanical Engineering: 83
Dual Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering: 1
Dual Biochemistry and Engineering Physics: 1
Dual Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering 2
Dual Computer Engineering and Computer Science: 3
Dual Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering: 3
Dual Engineering Physics and Dual Mechanical Engineering: 4
Dual Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering:1
Dual Industrial Engineering and Biochemistry: 1
Triple Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering: 1


Commencement CeremoniesMaster's Degrees
Engineering: 10
Engineering Management: 7
Information Technology: 2
Manufacturing Management: 5
Manufacturing Operations: 15 
MBA: 18
Operations Management: 8
Dual MBA and Engineering Management: 2
Dual Manufacturing Management and Operations Management: 1 


Here’s more information on Commencement.

HOTELS/RESTAURANTS: Contact the Flint Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: 1-800-24-FLINT or (810) 232-2211.

CAN WE HELP? 1-800-955-4464, ext. 9585, or 810-762-9585.

Contact: Patricia Mroczek