Franklin to speak at Coker commencement

on Monday, 09 May 2022. Posted in Local News


   Coker University recently announced that Dr. Pamela Gill Franklin is scheduled to offer the commencement address during the university’s spring graduation ceremonies on Saturday.

    A 1979 Coker graduate, Franklin been a member of the Coker Board of Trustees since 2009, serving as the Secretary of the Board from 2016 to 2021.

    She graduated from Coker College with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education. She earned a master’s degree in Art Education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She holds a doctorate degree in Art Education from The Ohio State University.

   After completing her doctorate, Franklin became the first African American faculty member in OSU’s Department of Art Education when she was hired as a lecturer, the coordinator of Student Teaching in Art Education, and the director of the Saturday Art Program.

    She also taught at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and supervised student teachers in art education. She has taught art appreciation at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Keesler Center at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., and Art for Elementary Teachers at the Harrison County campus in Gulfport, Miss. The last years of her career were spent teaching Art Appreciation at Northeast Lakeview College in Live Oak, Texas. She retired in 2012.

    Franklin’s career and life reflect her faith, love for others, passion for art, her willingness to serve, and her commitment to giving back. She has shared her passion for art as an art teacher in grades K-12 for 10 years in public schools in South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and Ohio.

      Her years of volunteerism can be traced back to her childhood. A native of York, she served in her church, school, and community in many capacities. Her commitment to service while a student at Coker culminated in her election by the student body to May Queen, an honor bestowed on the senior female student who embodied the Coker motto- “Character, Culture and Christian Service.”

   Franklin is a committed Life member and Silver Star of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first Greek letter organization established by African American college trained women to be of “service to all mankind.” She is a charter member of the Alpha Alpha Xi Omega Chapter in San Antonio.

   Pam and her husband, Kevin, live in San Antonio, Texas. They have one adult son.

   The Franklins are active members of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio.

    She and her husband recently established the Kevin and Pamela Gill Franklin Scholarship, which will allow for a deserving African American high school senior from York County to attend Coker University.