Commencement

June 18-20, 2021

For our students, their families and the University community, Commencement is the culminating event of the Kettering experience. 

The successful completion of a Kettering degree is an enormous accomplishment, worthy of celebration and public acknowledgment. 

We are excited to plan live ceremonies within the parameters of and in coordination with existing state and local government guidelines to honor the graduates from the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021. Providing a safe and special Commencement experience for our graduates and their loved ones is a priority for the entire Kettering community.

Schedule of Events

Friday, June 18, 2021

2020 Academic Honors Event
12 p.m. (by invitation only)

The Return of General Determination
4:30 p.m. - (Campus Pool area)

Saturday, June 19, 2021

2020 Commencement Ceremony
9:30 a.m. (Kettering University’s Atwood Stadium)

2021 Academic Honors Event
12 p.m. (by invitation only)

2021 Commencement Ceremony
5 p.m. (Kettering University’s Atwood Stadium)


For those unable to attend, the ceremonies will be live-streamed.

 

May 5 Update

At this time all events are moving forward as planned for Commencement Weekend.

Last week Michigan’s Governor unveiled plans to begin easing COVID-19 guidelines in our state based on vaccination rates. Our current plans for Commencement Weekend are still in effect as no changes have been made to state or local safety regulations. For the latest information on Michigan COVID-19 response, vaccines, and more, go to michigan.gov/coronavirus/.

We will continue to monitor CDC recommendations as well as local and state guidelines related to outdoor stadium and arena events and will provide updates should things change.

Latest Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Orders

Commencement Details

COVID-19 Safety

Ensuring the safety of our graduates, their families, and our faculty and staff is of the utmost importance to us in hosting this event. Consequently, all attendees will be required to maintain appropriate social distance when entering and exiting the stadium or when seated. Masks will be required for entry into the stadium and must be worn securely over the nose and mouth for the duration of the event.

Prior to entering the stadium, all attendees will have their temperature taken and will be required to complete our event wellness screening for self-assessment.

New CDC Guidance on Masks 

The CDC recently announced new guidance regarding the use of face masks for outdoor events and activities. Commencement is considered a large-scale outdoor event combining individuals from many households. As a result, all individuals in attendance are required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while in the stadium

We will continue to monitor CDC recommendations as well as local and state guidelines related to outdoor stadium and arena events and will provide updates should things change.

 

 

Guests

We wish to provide the maximum number of guests possible under the circumstances, recognizing that there are many that wish to celebrate the achievements of our graduates with them in the stadium. Although we are holding our ceremonies in Atwood Stadium, after taking socially distanced spacing into account for the required pod seating, the capacity translates to four tickets per graduate. We understand that this is more than needed by some families, but fewer than needed by many. 

We realize that the limited availability of guest tickets may negatively impact the celebrations of some of our families. However, given constraints associated with managing COVID-19 requirements for our venue, we are unable to offer additional tickets to our graduates. We ask for your understanding as we attempt to preserve this event for our graduates, while also managing COVID-19 restrictions, and working to keep health and safety at the forefront for all who attend.

Each graduate will be permitted to request four (4) tickets for their guests. Tickets will be issued in the form of e-tickets and are non-transferable in order to comply with MDHHS Stadium Guidelines. Graduates will have the opportunity to select a designated pod of four seats in the stadium for their guests. Pods will be assigned to set seats in the stadium (Section, Row, and Seat #).  At the time of selection the names of individuals utilizing the tickets must be provided. 

Details for requesting tickets will be emailed directly to eligible graduates.

Tickets

The site to request guest tickets will be available soon. The link to request tickets will be emailed directly to our eligible graduates. Each graduate is allowed to request a maximum of four tickets for their guests. Once the website is available, tickets can only be requested by eligible graduates, using their Kettering information. Family members or friends will not be able to request tickets on behalf of their student.

Due to MDHHS guidelines for events held in stadiums and arenas we are unable to accommodate requests for additional tickets for graduates. All spectators in attendance at the ceremony are required to have a guest ticket (including those under the age of 5 who may be seated on another guest's lap). 

Guests will be seated in “pods” with six feet of social distancing dividing each pod. Graduates will need to provide contact information for the individuals utilizing the tickets at the time of their request. As a result tickets are not interchangeable amongst graduates seeking additional tickets for their guests. 

Graduates requesting accessible seating for their guests should contact events@kettering.edu

Regalia

Commencement regalia is purchased directly from our third party provider, Oak Hall Cap & Gown. We have partnered with a new provider this year to ensure that our graduates have access to ordering regalia in time for participation in the ceremonies. 

The site to purchase your regalia is now open.

Please go to ketteringu.shopoakhalli.com/


2020 Graduates

If you purchased regalia from Jostens last year, you are still able to utilize those items for this year’s ceremony. For those of you who did not order regalia but plan to walk in the 2020 ceremony, please select the 2020 Bachelor Degree Package when placing your order. Items in your regalia bundle will be tailored to your graduation year. Undergraduate bundles include cap, gown, and a 2020 tassel for your degree program. 

Master’s Degree Candidates should specify their 2020 graduate year in the Additional Information section prior to completing their order. Master’s Degree bundles include cap, gown, hood and 2020 tassel for your degree program. 


2021 Graduates

Please select the 2021 Bachelor Degree Package when placing your order. Items in your regalia bundle will be tailored to your graduation year. Undergraduate bundles include cap, gown, 2021 tassel for your degree program, and commemorative 2021 stole. 

Master’s Degree Candidates should specify their 2021 graduate year in the Additional Information section prior to completing their order. Master’s Degree bundles include cap, gown, hood and 2020 tassel for your degree program.

Note: All items are shipped to your home address provided at the time of checkout. Group orders are not accepted, only one package may be purchased per order.

 

Graduate RSVP

Your RSVP is required to participate in-person or virtually for this year’s ceremonies. 

You must RSVP by Friday, June 4 in order to participate in the ceremony. If you previously RSVP’d for the October 2020 Commencement you will need to RSVP again. See below for eligibility requirements for the 2020 and 2021 ceremonies. 

Class of 2020

If you were awarded a degree dated September 28, 2019, December 21, 2019, March 28, 2020, or June 19, 2020 you are the class of 2020, apply here.

Class of 2021

If you were awarded a degree dated September 26, 2020, December 19, 2020 or are pending for March 27, 2021 or June 18, 2021 and have been verified as a degree candidate, you are the class of 2021, apply here


Please note, ceremonies are specific to the eligibility requirements listed above. If you RSVP for the wrong graduation year, we will reassign you to the correct ceremony.

 

For commonly asked questions, please see our FAQ page.

If you have immediate questions or concerns please contact commencement@kettering.edu.

  • COVID-19 Safety

    COVID-19 Safety

    Ensuring the safety of our graduates, their families, and our faculty and staff is of the utmost importance to us in hosting this event. Consequently, all attendees will be required to maintain appropriate social distance when entering and exiting the stadium or when seated. Masks will be required for entry into the stadium and must be worn securely over the nose and mouth for the duration of the event.

    Prior to entering the stadium, all attendees will have their temperature taken and will be required to complete our event wellness screening for self-assessment.

    New CDC Guidance on Masks 

    The CDC recently announced new guidance regarding the use of face masks for outdoor events and activities. Commencement is considered a large-scale outdoor event combining individuals from many households. As a result, all individuals in attendance are required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while in the stadium

    We will continue to monitor CDC recommendations as well as local and state guidelines related to outdoor stadium and arena events and will provide updates should things change.

     

     

  • Guests

    Guests

    We wish to provide the maximum number of guests possible under the circumstances, recognizing that there are many that wish to celebrate the achievements of our graduates with them in the stadium. Although we are holding our ceremonies in Atwood Stadium, after taking socially distanced spacing into account for the required pod seating, the capacity translates to four tickets per graduate. We understand that this is more than needed by some families, but fewer than needed by many. 

    We realize that the limited availability of guest tickets may negatively impact the celebrations of some of our families. However, given constraints associated with managing COVID-19 requirements for our venue, we are unable to offer additional tickets to our graduates. We ask for your understanding as we attempt to preserve this event for our graduates, while also managing COVID-19 restrictions, and working to keep health and safety at the forefront for all who attend.

    Each graduate will be permitted to request four (4) tickets for their guests. Tickets will be issued in the form of e-tickets and are non-transferable in order to comply with MDHHS Stadium Guidelines. Graduates will have the opportunity to select a designated pod of four seats in the stadium for their guests. Pods will be assigned to set seats in the stadium (Section, Row, and Seat #).  At the time of selection the names of individuals utilizing the tickets must be provided. 

    Details for requesting tickets will be emailed directly to eligible graduates.

  • Tickets

    Tickets

    The site to request guest tickets will be available soon. The link to request tickets will be emailed directly to our eligible graduates. Each graduate is allowed to request a maximum of four tickets for their guests. Once the website is available, tickets can only be requested by eligible graduates, using their Kettering information. Family members or friends will not be able to request tickets on behalf of their student.

    Due to MDHHS guidelines for events held in stadiums and arenas we are unable to accommodate requests for additional tickets for graduates. All spectators in attendance at the ceremony are required to have a guest ticket (including those under the age of 5 who may be seated on another guest's lap). 

    Guests will be seated in “pods” with six feet of social distancing dividing each pod. Graduates will need to provide contact information for the individuals utilizing the tickets at the time of their request. As a result tickets are not interchangeable amongst graduates seeking additional tickets for their guests. 

    Graduates requesting accessible seating for their guests should contact events@kettering.edu

  • Regalia

    Regalia

    Commencement regalia is purchased directly from our third party provider, Oak Hall Cap & Gown. We have partnered with a new provider this year to ensure that our graduates have access to ordering regalia in time for participation in the ceremonies. 

    The site to purchase your regalia is now open.

    Please go to ketteringu.shopoakhalli.com/


    2020 Graduates

    If you purchased regalia from Jostens last year, you are still able to utilize those items for this year’s ceremony. For those of you who did not order regalia but plan to walk in the 2020 ceremony, please select the 2020 Bachelor Degree Package when placing your order. Items in your regalia bundle will be tailored to your graduation year. Undergraduate bundles include cap, gown, and a 2020 tassel for your degree program. 

    Master’s Degree Candidates should specify their 2020 graduate year in the Additional Information section prior to completing their order. Master’s Degree bundles include cap, gown, hood and 2020 tassel for your degree program. 


    2021 Graduates

    Please select the 2021 Bachelor Degree Package when placing your order. Items in your regalia bundle will be tailored to your graduation year. Undergraduate bundles include cap, gown, 2021 tassel for your degree program, and commemorative 2021 stole. 

    Master’s Degree Candidates should specify their 2021 graduate year in the Additional Information section prior to completing their order. Master’s Degree bundles include cap, gown, hood and 2020 tassel for your degree program.

    Note: All items are shipped to your home address provided at the time of checkout. Group orders are not accepted, only one package may be purchased per order.

     

  • Graduate RSVP

    Graduate RSVP

    Your RSVP is required to participate in-person or virtually for this year’s ceremonies. 

    You must RSVP by Friday, June 4 in order to participate in the ceremony. If you previously RSVP’d for the October 2020 Commencement you will need to RSVP again. See below for eligibility requirements for the 2020 and 2021 ceremonies. 

    Class of 2020

    If you were awarded a degree dated September 28, 2019, December 21, 2019, March 28, 2020, or June 19, 2020 you are the class of 2020, apply here.

    Class of 2021

    If you were awarded a degree dated September 26, 2020, December 19, 2020 or are pending for March 27, 2021 or June 18, 2021 and have been verified as a degree candidate, you are the class of 2021, apply here


    Please note, ceremonies are specific to the eligibility requirements listed above. If you RSVP for the wrong graduation year, we will reassign you to the correct ceremony.

     

  • Questions

    For commonly asked questions, please see our FAQ page.

    If you have immediate questions or concerns please contact commencement@kettering.edu.