Franklin College Commencement Ceremony 2023

10 a.m., Saturday, May 20, 2023, in Spurlock Center Gymnasium

The 2023 Franklin College Commencement Ceremony was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 20 in Spurlock Center Gymnasium on campus.

The commencement speaker was Lisa E. Harris, M.D., CEO and Medical Director, Eskenazi Health. Harris received an honorary doctor of humane letters from the college during the ceremony. Dr. James G. Moseley, former President of Franklin College, also received an honorary doctor of humane letters. The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, the speaker for the Baccalaureate Service, received an honorary doctor of humane letters from the college during that service.

Watch the 2023 Franklin College Commencement Ceremony

You can watch a replay of the ceremony below.


Commencement Speaker

Engaged in patient care, research and teaching for nearly 40 years at nationally recognized Eskenazi Health, Lisa E. Harris, M.D. has dedicated her career to improving health care for vulnerable and underserved populations. Since 2003, Dr. Harris has served as Eskenazi Health’s chief executive officer, leading one of America’s essential health care systems that also serves as a vital training ground for the Indiana University School of Medicine.

With a deep appreciation for the social issues impacting health, Dr. Harris is intensely focused on promoting health in all its dimensions and improving access to patient-focused, comprehensive and community-based primary and mental health care. As past chair of America’s Essential Hospitals (formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems), and in numerous related efforts, Dr. Harris has served as a steady advocate for equity in the opportunity of good health and health care. 

Also an active and engaged leader in the local community, Dr. Harris serves as past chair of the board of directors and current board member of the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, as well as on the boards of directors for Martin University, Gleaners, United Way of Central Indiana, the Regenstrief Institute, and the Phoenix Theatre; the board of governors for the Economic Club of Indiana, and the board of advisors for IUPUI.


Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events (PDF)