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Fall 2011 Commencement

For Immediate Release: January 4, 2012

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, will hold its 139th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, January 8, 2012, during which nearly 700 degree candidates will receive their diplomas at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Scott Whitlock will address the graduates.  For the past 44 years, Scott Whitlock has achieved a remarkable number of successes in the practice of law, business and management, and restoration of the arts around Columbus, Ohio.

After moving to Columbus over 44 years ago to practice law, Mr. Whitlock became one of the founders of the
Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), which in turn helped save the Ohio Theater. He also
organized the partnership that restored The Great Southern Hotel and Theatre.


Franklin University
139th Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012
2 pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
300 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

Speaker: Scott Whitlock

Honorary Degrees
Scott Whitlock
Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership

He built a law practice focused on commercial real estate development, and represented utility customers in litigation at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He left law and became the senior American Executive at Honda and rose to become the Executive Vice President and Director of Honda of American Mfg., Inc. During his time, he led Honda through a variety of successes as well as the establishment of the transportation research endowment at The Ohio State University. He later returned to the practice of law while also organizing non-profits, such as SciTech with The Ohio State University.

Mr. Whitlock joined the Board of Trustees of Franklin University over 20 years ago. He has served as the first chair of Franklin’s Investment Committee, and chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. He also served as Trustee and President of SciTech, and as a director of a variety of local companies across several industries.

Whitlock has taught real estate law at the Capital University Paralegal Training Program, management philosophy and practice at Honda’s Ohio manufacturing operations, and information management with a team at Franklin University. He taught business planning to local entrepreneurs through the Ohio Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education.

Scott Whitlock holds degrees from Denison University and Harvard Law School. He is now retired.

In recognition of his 44 years of community leadership in the arts, business, and higher education, the Board of Trustees will confer upon Whitlock the Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership during the ceremony.

Graduating M.S. in Computer Science student Ranna Patel will also address the graduates.  A test engineer at Dynalab, Inc., Ranna earned her promotion during her graduate studies. Previously, Ranna lived in Gondia, India. She earned her Electronic & Communication Engineering degree from the University of Nagpur, where she was honored by the Vice President of India with a gold medal for achievement.

Now with her graduate degree, Ranna plans to permanently call the United States her home.

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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