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Franklin Hosts 156th Commencement Ceremony

For Immediate Release: August 2, 2017

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 1565th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 at 2 p.m., during which the University’s newest 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.


Nannette V. Maciejunes
has served as executive director of the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) since November 2003. In her prior role, she served as chief curator and director of collections and exhibitions for 10 years. During Maciejunes’ tenure as executive director, the museum has successfully engaged in a $93 million endowment and capital campaign.

Under Maciejunes’ leadership, the museum adopted and implemented the mission to create great experiences with great art for everyone. She was instrumental in CMA’s acquisition of The Photo League collection and the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art, 1930-1970, which is considered the most important collection of its kind. In 2011, CMA opened the Center for Creativity, an innovative new space that demonstrates CMA’s leadership in the field of the visitor-centered museum experience.

Maciejunes graduated summa cum laude from Denison University with a bachelor’s degree in history of art and a master’s degree with further graduate studies toward a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. She also attended Stanford University’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and the Getty’s Leadership Institute for Museum Management.

In 2006, Maciejunes received the Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts in the category of Arts Administration and the South Side Settlement House Spirit of Volunteerism Award. In 2009, she was named a YWCA Woman of Achievement and in 2015, a Columbus Business First C-Suite Award honoree.

Also addressing the graduates will be Samuel Renfroe.  Renfroe has worked as a college administrator for more than 20 years and currently serves as director of grant development and government relations with North Central State College, a public two-year, community-based educational institution located in Mansfield, Ohio. He first joined North Central State College as a grant writer, was later promoted to director, and two years ago, added government relations to his duties. During Renfroe’s tenure, he college has secured more than $16 million in grant funds from federal, state and private sources.

It was the opportunity to serve in government relations that first led Renfroe to Franklin University. He credits much of his career success to Franklin’s master’s degree programs.  He will earn his Master of Public Administration on Aug. 13.

Renfroe graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass media communications from the University of Akron. He later worked for several radio stations and as editor of several newspapers throughout northern Ohio including Akron, Shelby, Ashland, Willard and Mansfield. Renfroe continues his work with WMAN radio in Mansfield doing play-by-play announcing for high school football and basketball broadcasts.

Renfroe and his wife, Deborah, reside in Mansfield and have three children and five grandchildren.

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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