FRANKLIN – Franklin College 2014 commencement ceremony took place on Saturday, May 24 in Spurlock Center Gymnasium on the Franklin College campus. A total of 212 students received an undergraduate degree. Eli Lilly chairman, president and CEO John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker and received an honorary doctorate of science degree. In addition, college alumna Susan Johnson DeVoss, a longtime Franklin College trustee and former chairman of the board, received an honorary doctorate of science degree. J. Thomas Howald, Ph.D., an alumnus of the college and professor emeritus of philosophy, also received an honorary doctorate of science degree.
Graduates from the area included:
• Mary Elizabeth Angle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Angle of Rushville, received a bachelor of arts in journalism (public relations).
• Krista Marie Beaman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Beaman of Milroy, received a bachelor of arts in biology. She graduated cum laude.
• Nicole Lynne Brand, daughter of David Brand of Shelbyville and Nisha Wright of Manilla, received a bachelor of arts in psychology and sociology.
• Julie Ann Brashaber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Brashaber of Rushville, received a bachelor of arts in marketing and design and journalism (public relations), an individualized major.
• Jessica Paige Ernstes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Ernstes of Rushville, received a bachelor of arts in athletic training. She graduated cum laude.
• Elizabeth Ashley Flath, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Flath of Milroy, received a bachelor of arts in elementary education. She graduated magna cum laude. She received the Gladys Pitcher Greer Memorial Endowed Award in Education and the Indiana’s Outstanding Future Teachers-Elementary Award.
• Arika Kay Yager, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Yager of Rushville, received a bachelor of arts in business (finance, management and marketing).
Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world. The college offers its approximately 1,000 students bachelor of arts degrees in 55 majors from 25 academic disciplines, 41 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and four cooperative programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu.