What to Expect at Graduation
Your hard work is about to pay off. Use this page as a source of details for your frequently asked ceremony questions. If you look over the information below and still have additional questions, feel free to reach out to your program leader and/or the registrar, Robert Reeder.
There are links listed below to order regalia (cap & gown) and graduation announcements.
We will be compiling a slideshow of photos of our grads to show before the ceremony! Submit your photos below:
Ticket Request Form
No tickets are needed for the 2022 Graduation Ceremony.
Ordering Graduation Announcements
Please click on the link below to order your graduation announcements:
Your order will take 24 hours to process. After processing, your order will be shipped and will arrive within 7 – 10 business days.
Ordering Graduation Regalia
Please click on the link below to order your graduation regalia (cap and gown).
July 15 Graduates:
The last day to order your regalia will be June 22, 2022.
Also, there are instructional videos demonstrating the proper way to wear your cap and gown during the graduation ceremony. Click below to view:
Your packets will be in alphabetical order A-L and M-Z. Your name card will have your name as it appears in the program and on your diploma. You will need to keep your card and hand it to the Academic Dean when you are ready to cross the stage.
Graduate Seating Arrangements
Two weeks prior to the ceremony, you will be emailed a layout of the seating arrangements and marching order (make sure to check your KC email account). Please review the seating chart and the graduation list containing your line number. The number next to your name corresponds to your seat number. Pay close attention to the line order. Remember who is in front and who is behind you. You will be in alphabetical order according to major, regardless of graduating semester.
If you have concerns about how your name will be pronounced, you can email Renee Fite at Renee.Fite@kc.edu. In the subject line, please write “Name pronunciation for graduation.” In the body of the email, include the phonetic spelling of your name.
The GPA used for honors will be based on the cumulative GPA for all coursework taken at Kettering College. We do not include the grades from your transfer courses. Your honor status will be printed on your diploma.
- For fall graduates your official honors are based on the cumulative GPA at the end of fall semester.
- For winter graduates your marching honors are based on the cumulative GPA at the end of fall semester, but your official honors (honors printed on diploma) will be based on your cumulative GPA at the end of winter semester.
- For summer graduates, your marching honors will be based on your cumulative GPA at the end of winter semester, but your official honors (honors printed on diploma) will be based on your cumulative GPA at the end of summer semester.
Below are the GPA honor levels:
GPA 3.9-4.0 = Gold Cord
GPA 3.75-3.89 = Red Cord
GPA 3.5-3.74 = White Cord
April 29, 2022
SouthBrook Christian Church
9095 Washington Church Rd, Miamisburg, OH 45342
July 15, 2022
Schuster Center, 1 W 2nd St, Dayton, OH 4540
The Schuster Center parking garage will be free for the ceremony.
Schedule of Events
July 5 5:00 pm PA White Coat Kettering SDA Church
July 14 5:00 pm PA Dedication Southbrook Community Church
July 14 6:00 pm Respiratory Kettering College/L-20
July 15 10:00 am Nursing Pinning Southbrook Community Church
July 15 12:00 pm Sonography Schuster in the Mathile Room
July 15 12:00 pm Grads arrive/Report to registrar table Schuster Center
12:30 pm Grads line up by program for photos
July 15 2:00 pm Graduation Ceremony Schuster Center
Graduate and Guest Arrival
April 29 Commencement Ceremony:
Graduates will arrive at the time their program has designated, dressed in your graduation regalia. Guests should arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.
Class photos will be taken before the ceremony begins. We will post the exact location and time for these class photos closer to the graduation ceremony. We will also email class photo times prior to the ceremony (make sure to check your KC email account).
July 15 Commencement Ceremony:
We will allow students and their guests into the Schuster Center lobby beginning at 12:30 p.m. Seating will not begin in the Mead Theatre until 1 p.m. for family and guests. Please come dressed in your graduation regalia. Graduates need to give all valuables to family or guests as there will be no place to easily leave bags and belongings in the lobby of the Schuster Center.
Class photos will be taken before the ceremony begins at 12:45 p.m. We will post the exact location and time for these class photos closer to the graduation ceremony. We will also email you these class photo times in July (make sure to check your KC email account).
During the Ceremony: Marching
Graduation marshals will lead you to your seats. You will follow the student in front of you. When it is time for your major to proceed for graduation, the marshals will come to your row and you will follow them to line up. Specific information about marching order will be included in an email we send two weeks prior to the ceremony (make sure to check your KC email account).
During the Ceremony: On the Stage
Once in line, when it is your turn to walk across the stage, hand your name card to the academic dean and they will call your name as you walk to shake hands with the president. The president will hand you your diploma cover.
Please reach for the diploma cover with your left hand and shake the president’s hand with your right hand. Your left hand should go over your right hand.
Please hold this pose for a few seconds while your picture is taken by a professional photographer.
Then finish walking off the stage to return to your seat. As the student in front of you is taking their picture with the president, you should hand your name card to the dean who will then read your name as you walk to receive your diploma.
During the Ceremony: Benediction
After everyone has crossed the stage, the benediction will be given. After the benediction, the graduation marshals will lead the stage party off first. The faculty will follow next. You will follow the faculty, with the last row leaving first.
Please ask your family to remain seated until all of the students have been lead out. You can meet your family in the lobby. There will be areas where photos can be taken.
You will receive a diploma cover during the graduation ceremony.
Diplomas will be sent two to four weeks after the graduation date for fall, winter, and summer semester.
For the diploma to be sent:
- All grades have been received, and all program requirements must be completed.
- The graduate must have met all financial obligations to the college.
- All loan exit counseling must be completed (this includes federal, Perkins, and Nursing Student Loan).
If you have any questions regarding your diploma, please email the registrar office.
The 2022 Kettering College Summer Commencement will be streamed live on the Kettering College Youtube page. The direct link to send to friends and family is: https://youtu.be/XjYxvfI7L60
Again, congratulations on a job well done and we look forward to helping make your graduation a memorable one.
The Registrar’s office staff