Franklin University Holds 136th Commencement Ceremony

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Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, will hold its 136th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, during which nearly 700 degree candidates will receive their diplomas at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, will hold its 136th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, during which nearly 700 degree candidates will receive their diplomas at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Gregory Lashutka will address the graduates. He currently serves as a senior consultant with Findley Davies, a human resources consulting firm. Previously, Lashutka was Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations at Nationwide Mutual Insurance.

Before joining Nationwide in January 2000, Lashutka served as Mayor of Columbus, Ohio, being elected for two consecutive terms. During his tenure as mayor, he also served as President of the National League of Cities.

Prior to his term as mayor, Lashutka was a partner with the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey following two terms as Columbus City Attorney.    

Before his professional careers in law, business, and politics, Lashutka co-captained The Ohio State University football team and later played professionally for the Buffalo Bills. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State and a juris doctorate from Capital University Law School. In 1992 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Capital and in 1999 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Ohio State.

In addition to giving the keynote speech, Lashutka will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership from Franklin University during the Ceremony.

Graduating M.S. in Computer Science student Joshua Huber will also address the graduates. Currently serving as a database administrator for Huntington Bank, he previously worked in the education field for six years, teaching high school mathematics and tutoring in chemistry and language arts.

Originally from Los Angeles, Josh earned his B.A. from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1999. He resides in Columbus and is also a part-time musician.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, more than 11,000 students attend Franklin, both at its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, three Central Ohio locations, and at its newest location in Indianapolis, in addition to online. Franklin offers 27 undergraduate majors as well as three graduate programs and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The University’s MBA Program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at http://www.franklin.edu.

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