Fall 2017 School of Public Health Commencement
Congratulations to the class of 2017!
The University of Maryland School of Public Health will hold its Fall 2017 graduation ceremony for undergraduate, masters and doctoral students who have successfully completed their degree requirements at 9 a.m. on December 20. The ceremony will be held at the UMD Armory.
For family and friends who can't be here, the commencement ceremony will also be livestreamed on YouTube.
This event celebrates the students' academic accomplishments in addition to providing support and encouragement for their future paths. Immediately following the ceremony, Dean Lushniak will host family, friends and other guests of the graduates for a reception at Ritchie Coliseum, where light refreshments will be served.
J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
A visionary and nationally recognized leader with mission-driven focus and impact, Dr. J. Nadine Gracia served as a senior official in the Obama Administration, appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 2011 to 2017. As Director of the Office of Minority Health, Dr. Gracia built and managed a talented and diverse team and oversaw a budget of $57 million dedicated to improving the health of minority populations in the U.S. She strategically revamped the portfolio of investments; pioneered innovative, multi-sectoral partnerships through efforts such as President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to expand opportunity for all young people; and transformed the Office of Minority Health into a high-performing agency.
An honors graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Gracia received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and holds a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. A first-generation Haitian-American, Dr. Gracia is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a National President Emeritus of the Student National Medical Association and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the National Medical Association.
Bachelor of Science graduate, Community Health
Japji Bindra is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health. She is fascinated by the complexity of the human body and is passionate about helping others through preventive and hands-on patient care. During her years at the University of Maryland, Japji worked as a teaching assistant for Anatomy & Physiology II and Human Sexuality, while engaging with her campus community by being a Sexual Education and Reproductive Health (SHARE) peer educator through the University Health Center.
She has also held leadership positions in the UMD Sikh Student Association and has been an active member of University of Maryland’s TerraPind Bhangra Dance Team. She seeks to further develop her interest in reproductive health and specialize in the area as she pursues her graduate degree. Japji will be attending the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore in the spring, pursuing the Clinical Nurse Leadership (CNL) graduate program.