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Franklin Hosts 153rd Commencement Ceremony

For Immediate Release: August 4, 2016

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 153rd Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at 2 p.m., during which more than 650 degree candidates will receive their diplomas. This commencement ceremony will take place at The Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. in downtown Columbus.

Commencement has always been a time of celebration. For Franklin University, the event marks a tremendous sense of achievement for students who completed their degrees often while juggling work, families and more. The University is proud to honor the achievements of this newest class of graduates and invites the community to join in the celebration.

Commencement Speakers
Michael B. Coleman will serve as keynote speaker. A partner and member of Ice Miller LLP’s Public Affairs and Government Law groups, Coleman serves as the firm’s director of business and government strategies. He draws upon his 15 years as mayor and chief executive officer for the city of Columbus, to guide clients in creating partnerships between business and government.

From 2000-2015, Coleman served as mayor of Columbus, Ohio, the 15th largest city in the nation, the largest city in the state and the fastest-growing city in the Midwest. As mayor, Coleman built Columbus’ reputation as one of the best cities in the nation by building stronger, safer neighborhoods, creating jobs and maintaining a high quality of life. Coleman was the longest-serving mayor in Columbus history and the longest-serving incumbent African-American mayor in a major U.S. city.

Prior to his term as mayor, Coleman was a partner with the law firm of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn LLP (SZD), which combined with Ice Miller in 2012. Coleman was a seven-year member of Columbus City Council and served two years as council president. Early in his career, Coleman was an assistant attorney general for the state of Ohio and served as a legislative assistant before joining SZD as an associate in 1984.

A recognized national leader by Time magazine and The New York Times, Coleman was also critically involved in Columbus earning the Most Intelligent Community in the World designation by the Intelligent Community Forum.

Coleman earned his law degree from the University of Dayton Law School and a bachelor of science in political science from the University of Cincinnati. He is a frequent speaker on issues involving economic development, neighborhood revitalization and environmental stewardship.

Also addressing the graduates will be Rupa Singh, graduating student speaker receiving her Master of Science in Accounting. 

Rupa Singh was born in India and earned a Master of Science in Life Science from Berhampur University in Odisha. She traveled to the United States 13 years ago with her husband and has been busy as a full-time mother. In 2013, Singh returned to school to earn her Master of Science in Accounting at Franklin University. Following graduation today, she plans to pursue a new position in financial analysis, business analysis, business consulting or auditing.

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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