2021 Franklin College Baccalaureate

The Franklin College Baccalaureate service was held on Friday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the Spurlock Center on campus. Social distancing and face masks were required.

The address was given by Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and associate professor of Christian education and practical theology at Christian Theological Seminary.

A reception for graduates and guests, faculty, staff and trustees attending the baccalaureate service was held in the Johnson Atrium of the Napolitan Student Center at 5:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

Dr. Leah Gunning FrancisDr. Leah Gunning Francis is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Dr. Gunning Francis is also the author of the book Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community (Chalice Press, 2015). She interviewed more than two dozen clergy and young activists who were actively involved in the movement for racial justice in Ferguson and beyond. Dr. Gunning Francis researched and wrote Ferguson and Faith while serving as the Associate Dean for Contextual Education and Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.  

Read her full bio