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Urbana University Holds 128th Commencement

Urbana, OH (May 14, 2019)

On Saturday, May 11, Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, hosted its 128th Commencement Ceremony in the Warren G. Grimes Center. 

Students, family, friends, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the educational milestone of the Urbana University Class of 2019.  This year’s class received their diplomas in programs including the Master of Business Administration and Master of Education, and in majors within the College of Arts, Sciences and Technology, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health and Public Administration.

Saturday’s program kicked off with a classic rendition of the Star Spangled Banner performed by the Urbana University Singers and Graham High School choir.

Dr. Christopher Washington, Executive Vice President provided greetings to the newest class of graduates, along with Advisory Board member Dr. Angelo Frole, Dean, Business, Engineering and Technology at Columbus State Community College.

Providing this year’s student commencement speech was Madison Davis, B.S. Adolescent to Young Adult Education, and Honors Program student. Madison is a second-generation college student from Nelsonville, Ohio. She played volleyball for four years as a team captain and is the president of Urbana’s English Honor Society chapter Sigma Tau Delta. In addition to achieving Dean’s List every semester and being a Presidential Scholar/William G. Edwards Honors College member, Madison served on the residence life staff for two years. She also worked as a tutor in the Student Success Center where she tutored her fellow students in classes she had taken as an Adolescent/Young Adult English Education major. While on the volleyball team, Madison secured several awards including MEC All-Academic Team, MEC 1st Team All-Conference, 1,000th collegiate kill, and 1st Team Academic All-American. She is actively seeking a teaching position as a certified 7-12 English teacher.

Providing a historical perspective for this newest class of graduates was Jared “Mac” Reitz (’69). “Mac” was part of the 50-year-reunion group celebrating their anniversary on campus over the weekend.

Derek Grosso, CEO and Founder, Columbus Young Professionals Club provided the Commencement address. The Columbus Young Professionals Club (CYP Club), is a “for-impact” membership association made up of 20,000 young professionals, entrepreneurs, executives and creatives who live and work in the Columbus region. Founded in 2005, the CYP Club is the largest membership organization of young professionals/Millennials in the United States. Derek advises young professional organizations and membership clubs around the country through The Grosso Group. He is an entrepreneur, a leadership consultant and a public speaker.  He studied entrepreneurship and small business management at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He proudly serves the community as a board member for CYP Club Cares, Columbus Inspires, Experience Columbus and Keep Columbus Beautiful.

Conferring of degrees was carried out by Kelly Evans-Wilson, Director of Academic Operations, who joined Dr. Washington in the awarding of diplomas.

Invocation was delivered by Reverend Betsy Coffman (’71) LISW, Urbana University Board of Advisors and Chaplain Minister, Urbana Swedenborgian Church.

On behalf of the entire Urbana University community, we offer a sincere congratulations to the Class of 2019. We look forward to seeing the success they achieve in their careers, in how they lead, and in their service to humanity.

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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