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141st Commencement Ceremony Welcomes Special Graduate from Slovakia

For Immediate Release: September 17, 2012

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Columbus, Ohio – Celebrating the achievement of their academic goals, on Sunday, Sept. 9, nearly 600 students earned degrees at Franklin University’s Summer 2012 Commencement ceremony. Keynote speaker and Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership recipient, Lawrence L. Fisher, and graduating M.S. in Accounting student Renee Zysk addressed the graduates.

Joining the group of students at the September Commencement was Igor Lukac.  While many ceremony attendees traveled to participate at Commencement, Igor made the longest trip, traveling with his wife and daughter from Slovakia.  A graduating MBA student from Franklin’s first cohort at the University of Economics (EUBA) in Bratislava, Slovakia, Igor wanted the opportunity to graduate in the U.S., stating that this was a once in a life opportunity. Igor also plans to join his cohort members on Oct. 21 when Franklin University officials join EUBA officials at their commencement ceremony in Slovakia.

In 2009, Franklin University announced its agreement with the University of Economics in Bratislava, expanding Franklin's role as a global institution of higher learning. The announcement signified EUB's first English-language degree program partnership and provided the experience and knowledge to give a truly global perspective to Franklin's MBA curriculum.

The University of Economics in Bratislava (EUBA), established in 1940 as the Slovak Higher School of Commerce, is one of the most important educational and scientific-research institutions in the Slovak Republic. The University provides higher education in the field of economics and business in Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programs to some 14,000 students.  EUBA is located in Bratislava, the capital and largest city of the Slovak Republic. Bratislava is located on both banks of the Danube River, bordering Austria and Hungary.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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