Baccalaureate and Commencement

Franklin College Commencement Ceremony 2022

The 2022 Franklin College Commencement Ceremony was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 21 in Spurlock Center Gymnasium on campus.

The commencement speaker was Jamie P. Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation. Merisotis received an honorary doctor of humane letters from the college during the ceremony. James V. Due, senior vice president at Northern Trust in Chicago, also received an honorary doctor of humane letters.

Commencement Speaker

Jamie P. Merisotis

Jamie P. Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, education, human work and talent development, and public policy. He has been Lumina’s president and CEO since 2008. He previously was co-founder and president of the nonpartisan, Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Higher Education Policy and also served as executive director of a bipartisan national commission on college affordability appointed by the U.S. president and congressional leaders.

He is the author of the acclaimed book “America Needs Talent,” named a Top 10 Business Book of 2016 by Booklist, as well as “Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines,” released to wide praise in October 2020. He is often requested as a media commentator and contributor. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Journal, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Washington Monthly, Politico, The Hill, Roll Call, and other publications.