Commencement Ceremony for Class of 2020 Announced
Campus News

Franklin College will host its 2020 commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., Sunday, October 11 in Stewart “Red” Faught Stadium on campus. The outdoor facility allows for appropriate physical distancing of participants as well as guests, which will be limited to four per graduate. Tickets are required to attend the ceremony and are only distributed to graduates to be used at their discretion. Should inclement weather necessitate, the ceremony will be moved indoors to Spurlock Gymnasium. Since the facility does not allow for appropriate physical distancing protocols, no guests would be invited. Regardless of the venue, the event will be live-streamed on the college website,

The ceremony, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are determined to deliver the very special commencement each graduate has earned,” said Franklin College President Kerry N. Prather. “This has been a challenging year for all of us, but especially for the Class of 2020. If their strength and resilience through this experience are an indication of what they will accomplish as Franklin College graduates, they will indeed do amazing things.”

The keynote speaker will be Richard DiMarchi, Ph.D., a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences at Indiana University. He is a former vice president at Novo Nordisk Research Laboratories and retired group vice president at Eli Lilly and Company. A well-known entrepreneur in the biosciences space, DiMarchi most recently helped launch MBX Biosciences and is now serving as Chief Scientific Officer. He will receive an honorary doctor of science degree during the ceremony. Michael Gilligan, president emeritus of the Henry Luce Foundation in New York, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Gilligan was the keynote speaker at the 2020 baccalaureate service held virtually on May 23, 2020. Douglas L. Tillman, retired associate general counsel for Eli Lilly and Company, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Tillman is a 1970 graduate of the college and serves on its board of trustees.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.  

POSTED Sep 24, 2020