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Graduation Information

Here's what you need to know about Franklin's graduation ceremony.

Earning a diploma from Franklin University is a significant achievement. While earning their degrees, most Franklin students manage many responsibilities - full-time work, busy family life, community commitments - all while enriching their minds and expanding their career options through their studies.

To honor the graduates' academic success by the awarding of diplomas, the University conducts commencement ceremonies three times a year.

Upcoming Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for:

  • Sunday, September 21, 2014
  • Sunday, January 11, 2015
  • Friday, May 22, 2015
  • Sunday, September 13, 2015

A joyful occasion, the commencement draws family and friends from all across the country and around the world to celebrate with the graduates. To make plans far enough in advance, the following links will answer questions for those who will take part in or attend a ceremony.

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Apply for graduation. Every Franklin student must complete a graduation application to receive a diploma, even if you do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. The graduation application can be found through the Web Advisor link in your my.franklin.edu account. 

Due date: Graduation applications for the Summer 2014 term are due no later than 6 p.m. on May 19, 2014. A late application fee will apply after this date. 

Undergraduate student fee: There is a $55 fee due with your application. If you apply for more than one degree (i.e., A.S./B.S.) in the same trimester, you will be charged an additional $20 fee. Make checks payable to Franklin University.

Graduate student fee: There is a $75 fee due with your application. Make checks payable to Franklin University.

Late fees:
Applications received from May 20th through June 2nd will be assessed a $100.00 late fee. Applications WILL NOT be accepted after June 2nd.

Outstanding balances: All outstanding balances must be paid in full by August 1, 2014 in order to pick up your regalia and participate in the graduation ceremony. However, all payments by check must be submitted no later than Friday, July 18, 2014.

  • Franklin will not issue diplomas or transcripts to students with unpaid balances.

Students with Deferred Tuition:
If you are on the Deferred Tuition Payment Plan, any outstanding tuition balance is due in advance of the normal deferred payment date. There is no extension allowed as in other trimesters.
 
Preliminary Degree Audit:
You will receive an email from your Academic Advisor confirming the status of completion toward your degree requirements. Please note that if you fail to graduate in the trimester for which you apply, you must complete a new application for any subsequent trimester, including required fees.

Apply for graduation: Every Franklin student must complete a graduation application to receive a diploma, even if you do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. The graduation application can be found through the Web Advisor link in your my.franklin.edu account.**Please note that if you fail to graduate in the trimester for which you apply, you must complete a new application for any subsequent trimester, including required fees.**

Due date: Graduation applications for the Fall 2014 term are due by September 22, 2014. A late application fee will apply after this date. 

Undergraduate student fee: There is a $65 fee due with your application. If you apply for more than one degree (i.e., A.S./B.S.) in the same trimester, you will be charged an additional $20 fee. Make checks payable to Franklin University.

Graduate student fee: There is a $85 fee due with your application. Make checks payable to Franklin University.

Late fees: Applications received from September 23rd through October 6th will be assessed a $100.00 late fee. Applications will NOT be accepted after October 6th.

Outstanding balances:
All outstanding balances must be paid in full in order to pick up your regalia and participate in the graduation ceremony.

  • Franklin will not issue diplomas or transcripts to students with unpaid balances.

Students with Deferred Tuition:
If you are on the Deferred Tuition Payment Plan, any outstanding tuition balance is due in advance of the normal deferred payment date. There is no extension allowed as in other trimesters.

Preliminary Degree Audit: Upon review of your application, you will receive an email from your Academic Advisor confirming the status of completion of your degree requirements. 

Summer 2014 Commencement:
If you have earned credit from another college or university but have not yet submitted an official transcript, it must be received no later than September 8, 2014 in order to qualify for the Summer 2014 graduation. Please have transcripts sent directly to Frank Yanchak, Registrar (Franklin University, 201 S. Grant Ave., Columbus OH 43215-5399).

If you still need to complete FUPE or CLEP testing, the last day you may do so and still be able to graduate this term is August 29, 2014.

Fall 2014 Commencement:
If you have earned credit from another college or university but have not yet submitted an official transcript, it must be received no later than December 12, 2014  in order to qualify for the Fall 2014 graduation. Please have transcripts sent directly to Frank Yanchak, Registrar (Franklin University, 201 S. Grant Ave., Columbus OH 43215-5399).

If you still need to complete CLEP or FUPE testing, the last day you may do so and still be able to graduate this term is December 12, 2014.

For information on purchasing an official Franklin University signet ring, personalized graduation announcements engraved with your name, degree, and major, and other graduation mementos, please visit Jostens or call: 1.800.854.7464.

On-campus visit: Jostens representatives will be available in the Welcome Center (Student Services Center, Main Campus, downtown) on July 16th and 17th from 3:30PM to 6:30PM.

Normal delivery time is approximately two weeks.

If you indicated on your graduation application that you will be attending the Summer Commencement, your cap and gown will be available for pick up after August 1, 2014. You can pick up your regalia at the Welcome Center in the lobby area of the Student Services Center, located at the corner of Rich Street and Grant Avenue. The Welcome Center is open during the following times: Monday through Thursday from 8:00AM to 7:00PM, Fridays from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, and select Saturdays (Please see the Contact Directory, or call 614.797.4700 or Toll free: 1.877.341.6300 for exact dates). The last day for pick up will be September 18. All unclaimed cap and gowns will be available for pick up at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on the day of the ceremony. You will need a photo ID in order to pick up your cap and gown.

Note: If you are graduating through Franklin University's Community College Alliance (CCA) Program, GoArmyEd Program, or any online degree program and plan to attend commencement at either your community college or Franklin University, you may request to have your cap and gown mailed to you. Please contact Steven Brown, Registrar Specialist (steven.brown@franklin.edu, 614.947.6727 or 1.877.341.6300), to make arrangements before September 5, 2014. 

Please note:

  • Master's degree hoods will be presented during the commencement ceremony.
  • Caps and gowns are yours to keep.
  • Any unclaimed gowns will be returned to Jostens after the Commencement ceremony.

There will be no rehearsal for the commencement ceremony.

When to arrive: Graduates attending commencement should plan to arrive at The Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio no later than 12:45 pm. The Commencement Ceremony will be held in the Battelle Grand hall.

Registration: Upon arrival, register and retrieve your information card, which will include your procession number.

Processional line: At 1:15pm, you will take your place in line for the processional. At 1:55pm you will proceed to the auditorium in one of two single-file lines. 

Please note: Tassels are to remain on the right side of your cap.

Commencement start: Commencement will begin promptly at 2pm on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Convention Center.

Latin honors for Undergraduate academic achievement will be determined after all final grades are processed for the term. Qualified graduates will receive honor cords at commencement. All undergraduate students must meet the residency requirement and are awarded Latin honors based on the following grade point average (GPA):

Summa Cum Laude for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher
Magna Cum Laude for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.70-3.89
Cum Laude for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.50-3.69

At 1:55 pm, graduates will enter the Commencement ceremony in two single-file lines, according to assigned procession numbers. Please stay in line and follow the person in front of you. Failure to do so can result in your receiving someone else's diploma.

At 2 pm, the procession will enter the hall. Floor Marshals will direct you to the proper row. Graduates will remain standing until those on stage are seated. During the ceremony, please take your cue from the speaker on stage and the Floor Marshals as to when you should stand or be seated.

Secure personal items: Franklin University does not guarantee the security of any personal items left unattended during commencement. Please either take personal items (purses, cellular phones, pagers, etc.) with you or leave them with a family member or guest.

All cellular phones and pagers must be turned off during the ceremony.

Announcement of degrees: Gary Flynn, Chairman of the Franklin University Board of Trustees, will announce the awarding of degrees. With caps on, graduates will rise together and remain standing.

Bestowing of degrees: Dr. David Decker, University President, will verbally bestow the appropriate degrees and then ask graduates to be seated. The Floor Marshals will guide individual rows of graduates to the stage, one row at a time. You will stand along the wall to avoid blocking the view of guests.

On the stage: When you reach the stage, give your information card (which you received at the time of registration) to the attendant. When your name is called, walk across the stage. Master's degree hoods will be presented at this time. Each graduate will shake hands with Dr. Decker, receive your diploma from your Program Chair, then return to the appropriate row and be seated.

During the ceremony, graduates will be given directions on when to move tassels.

Please remain seated until all graduates have received their diplomas. This demonstrates support for your fellow graduates and helps avoid disruption. You will then rise for the benediction and remain standing for the recessional.

When the recessional music begins, exit the auditorium, following those on stage. Floor Marshals will assist you in exiting one row at a time. You will exit in the same order you entered (i.e., first in, last out). Please exit via the same aisle by which you entered the auditorium.

Following the commencement ceremony an informal reception for graduates and guests will be held. The reception should conclude by approximately 4:30 pm

Guests may take photographs from their seats during the graduation ceremony. USA Foto, Inc. will photograph you as you shake hands with Franklin University President Dr. David Decker. You will receive one free proof approximately two weeks following the ceremony, along with details and information regarding purchase.

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Directions to the Greater Columbus Convention Center:

 

From the East (Wheeling): 

Take I-70 West to the Fourth St. exit 
Travel North on Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.
Turn left onto Nationwide Blvd. 

From the North (Cleveland): 

Take I-71 South to I-670 West, exit 109A
From I-670 West, take exit 4B on the left for High St./Third St. 
Keep left at the fork and follow signs for High St./Convention Center

From the South (Cincinnati): 

Take I-71 North to I-70 East
Travel on I-70 East to the Fourth St. exit 
Continue North on Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd. 
Turn left onto Nationwide Blvd. 

From the West (Indianapolis): 

Take I-70 East to the Fourth St. exit
Travel North on Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd. 
Turn left onto Nationwide Blvd. 

From Port Columbus International Airport: 

Take I-670 West
Take exit 4B to the Convention Center

There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite to commencement! We encourage you to invite your family and friends to share in this important occasion. All seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and no tickets are necessary.

Please inform your guests that all cellular phones and pagers must be turned off during the ceremony.

Parking information can be found on the Greater Columbus Convention Center's website
 

If you are a mobility-impaired, hearing-impaired or visually-impaired graduate or have a guest in need of additional assistance, call 614.947.6727 or toll free 1.877.341.6300, or email the Registrar's Office by September 12, 2014 to make arrangements for access to the stage or to address other needs.

Interpreting services will be provided for hearing-impaired guests, and ushers will direct hearing-impaired guests to reserved seating near the stage. Guests needing mobility-impaired access may use the elevator or escalators.

Diploma: If you do not plan to attend Commencement, the Registrar's Office will forward your diploma by mail within one week following the ceremony.

Latin Honors: If you have earned Latin honors and would like an honor cord mailed to you, please contact the Registrar's Office at 614.341.6242. (Please note: Latin honors are awarded to Undergraduate students only.)

Virtual Commencement: If you are unable to participate in the ceremony, you are invited to enjoy Commencement virtually. *Attend the Virtual Commencement*

For more information, contact the Registrar's Office at 614.341.6242 or 1.877.341.6300 (toll free).

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