On 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 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.
The 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.
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 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 Rev. Betsy Coffman (’71) LISW, Urbana University Board of Advisors and chaplain minister, Urbana Swedenborgian Church.
Info from Urbana University.