Graduation

It is never too early to start planning graduation. However, in order to graduate with your degree there are many dates, deadlines, and requirements you must meet in order to attend commencement and receive your degree. 

To earn a Bachelor's Degree from the School of Public Health, Students Must:

  • Fulfill the requirements for the chosen major
  • Complete major required courses with a grade of C- or better
  • Earn a minimum of 120 unduplicated credit hours (or 150 for double degree) with at least a 2.0GPA for all UMD coursework attempted
  • Earn at least 12 credits of major required coursework during their last 30 credits
  • Earn at least 15 credits of upper-level (300 or 400) coursework in their last 30 credits
  • Fulfill General Education or CORE requirements

Please contact SPHAdvising@umd.edu with any questions about graduation. 


Graduation Information

Spring 2016 Graduation

  • Main Commencement
    • Where: Xfinity Center
    • When: Wednesday May 18, 2016
      • 5:00pm - Doors open
      • No later than 5:30pm - Graduates report to Lot 4B by Xfinity Center
      • 6:20pm - Procession of graduates begins
      • 7:00pm - Ceremony begins
  • School of Public Health Commencement
    • Where: Xfinity Center
    • When: Thursday May 19, 2016
      • 8:00am (No tickets or RSVP are needed for the SPH commencement ceremony)

More details about the School of Public Health commencement will be sent to students who have applied to graduate closer to the date of the ceremony.  

For further information please visit UMD Commencement.

Apply for Graduation

It is important to understand applying for graduation does not guarantee that you will earn your degree. As a candidate for graduation your record will be reviewed by your department prior to commencement, as well as after commencement once grades have posted for the current semester. Only have you have been cleared by your department will your degree be posted and your diploma sent. 

Graduation Application Checklist

  1. Apply for graduation through Testudo
  2. Contact the UMD Bookstore for regalia information

SPH Commencement Student Speaker Application

To deliver the student commencement address is a great honor and a true challenge. A great commencement speaker shares something about him/herself and his/her journey in the school; engages with students and parents; reflects on opportunities and inspires us for the future; and helps us understand what a career in public health means to him/her.

To be considered you must be an undergraduate student who is graduating in the current semester. A committee will review the applications and invite the selected applicants to deliver a 3 minute speech before making a final selection. The selected student speaker will be asked to attend commencement rehearsal. 

Click Here to Apply


Please contact SPHAdvising@umd.edu with any questions about graduation.