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Franklin University Holds 140th Commencement Ceremony

For Immediate Release: May 8, 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 140th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 13, 2012, during which nearly 800 degree candidates will receive their diplomas at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Ronald Cassidy will address the graduates.  Cassidy served as the Superintendent of the Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County in Newark, Ohio, where he was responsible for the construction of the first Certified Green Public School Building in the state of Ohio.

Prior to serving as Superintendent, Cassidy was the Director of the Workforce Development Center in Newark, where he developed customized training for area companies including the nationally recognized Pre-employment Training Program (PET). Additionally, Cassidy is the President of Industrial Training Support Systems, a software development company. His software has been used in companies nationwide to identify and develop training needs for today’s workers. He has given presentations nationwide to educators and industrial leaders and he is a recognized National Leader in customized industrial training. He has helped develop training programs for companies including Owens Corning, Kaiser Aluminum, Navistar, Argonne National Laboratories, and Abbott Laboratories. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Education from Kent State University.

Cassidy’s numerous accomplishments include being named National Adult Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year, serving as President of the Adult Workforce Development Division of the National Association for Careers and Technical Education, President of the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education, as well as receiving the Association for Careers and Technical Education Distinguished Service Award.   

In recognition of his years of community leadership in education and workforce development, the Board of Trustees will confer upon Cassidy the Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership during the ceremony.

Master of Business Administration student Rashanda Rodgers will also address the graduates.  Rashanda is certified as a Project Management Professional. Her professional background includes technical call center management and leadership of quality assurance and customer satisfaction functions. She is actively involved in the Westerville School District and is a member of the United Way Key Club.

Originally from Michigan, Rashanda earned a B.A. in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. She resides in Westerville with her husband Ervan II, and their children Alexis, Adrienne and Ervan III.


Franklin University 140 Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 2 pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
300 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

Speaker: Ronald A. Cassidy

Honorary Degrees

Ronald A. Cassidy, Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership

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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