Kettering University will host commencement ceremonies for more than 190 graduates at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center in Flint.
U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Detroit) will present the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
A frequent visitor to campus, Levin has shown special interest in Kettering’s research programs and impact on economic redevelopment. Time magazine has named him one of America’s 10 best senators.
Kettering will graduate 133 undergraduates and 61 master’s candidates during ceremonies. University President Stan Liberty will preside over ceremonies. Laura Sullivan, Faculty Senate moderator, will be the grand marshal.
Among those honored will be:
Undergraduate Student Speaker: Kristen M. Warren is a mechanical engineering major in bioengineering applications from Hernando, Miss. She attended Kettering on a Gates Millennium Scholarship and has been active on campus as the multi-cultural representative for student government and a member of the prestigious Robot Society.
Outstanding Thesis Award: Desiree White, a biochemistry major from Attica, won this term’s outstanding thesis award. She is one of only 40 college students nationwide to receive a 2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program grant. More about the thesis at www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=3106
President’s Medal Winners exemplify Kettering’s highest ideals of scholarship, leadership and citizenship. The three winners are Ryan T. Gee, electrical and mechanical engineering, Novi; Joy R. Jeyaratnam, mechanical engineering, Steubenville, Ohio; and
Desiree K. White, biochemistry, Attica.
Sobey Scholars exemplify outstanding scholarship and leadership. Winning these awards were Gee and Jeyaratnam.
The Leaders Fellow, an award to the student who demonstrates significant leadership potential and personal integrity and is committed to the development of future leaders at Kettering, was won by Gee.