Press Release

Franklin Hosts 164th (Virtual) Commencement Ceremony


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations

Columbus, OH (June 3, 2020)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, will hold its 164th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m., during which the University’s newest degree candidates will receive their diplomas. 

In accordance with Ohio’s social distancing protocols, an in-person gathering for Franklin University’s Spring 2020 Commencement wasn’t possible, but unique times require unique solutions. To provide the opportunity to celebrate this important milestone, the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony has been transitioned to a virtual celebration. While we have re-created some aspects of our traditional ceremony, the focus of our-prerecorded ceremony reflects our graduates and their accomplishments.

Addressing the graduates will be Amantha Yoshida. Amantha is an Ohio native and earned her bachelor’s degree in criminology at The Ohio State University. After graduation, she took on full-time leadership roles at UPS where she spent her time serving in roles in operations, investigations and labor relations. 

Embarking on a new journey in 2018, Amantha is currently the labor relations manager for American Electric Power (AEP), an energy/utilities company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. After joining AEP, Amanatha realized her passion for business psychology and decided to pursue her master’s degree at Franklin University.

Amantha credits much of her professional and educational success to her friends, family and professional mentors. She is grateful for the guidance, patience and wisdom that each have provided her throughout this journey.

A link to watch the virtual commencement, will be made available at on June 12 at 7 p.m.


About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides on-site course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Franklin is only one of three schools in Ohio designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

News Type

  • University