Kettering University Celebrates Centennial with Free Community Celebration

Founded in 1919, Kettering University is celebrating 100 years in the Flint community throughout the year with exciting events and announcements. 

President Robert McMahan speaks at the centennial press conference
Kettering President Robert McMahan announces a
centennial community celebration to the community.

“This is an exciting year for Kettering University as we celebrate one hundred years in the Flint community. We were founded in 1919 during a time of rapid technological change and innovation around the country, a time when Flint was the epicenter of all of that creative energy,” said Kettering University President Robert McMahan. “What is today Kettering was founded then upon a unique educational model, one that today stands as a blueprint for how to train the world’s most talented, creative technical leaders – leaders that are prepared to meet the rapidly changing needs of industry and society. But our centennial marks much more than just a celebration of our past – it offers us the opportunity to look forward at the critical role Kettering can and will play in shaping the future of our community, state, and nation.” 

Kettering’s partnership and involvement with the Flint community are a major part of the University’s past and future. 

As a part of its centennial year and a way to thank the community, Kettering University will be hosting a community celebration on July 20 in and around Kettering’s Atwood Stadium. The event will be open to the public and there will be no charge for admission. Following the Atwood Stadium Races that morning, the community celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The celebration will include a music festival, in partnership with Beats x Beers Founder Brandon Corder, with multiple stages and a nationally known musical artist that will be announced at a later date. As a way to thank the community, Kettering will also bring in local bands, artists, talent, and vendors to showcase their work and to perform.

“We at Kettering truly wanted to say thank you to the community. We wouldn’t be all we are today without the support of the Flint community over the last one hundred years,” said Jack Stock, Director of External Relations at Kettering University. “The July 20 community celebration is a way for us to show our appreciation to each and every one of you for the past 100 years of being in Flint. If you like summer fests, you'll love the centennial celebration. Everyone is invited to this family-friendly event. The space in and around Atwood Stadium will be decked out in full festive mode with live entertainment, food, and fun.”

The community event will bring a family-friendly atmosphere with food vendors, games, and bounce houses. A Flint Community Car Show will also be held during the event. Come see classic cars, custom vehicles, muscle cars, and more. All activities during the centennial community celebration will be free and open to the public.

“This event is truly for the entire Flint community. We invite everyone to come out July 20 to Atwood Stadium and celebrate with us the milestone of one hundred years of Kettering in Flint,” McMahan said.

Anyone interested in registering for the Kettering University Atwood Stadium Races can find more information at Registration will be open by March 1.

To learn more about the community celebration visit For more information about all of Kettering University’s centennial events, visit