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 10 a.m. on December 20. The ceremony will be held at the UMD Armory.
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.
Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving
the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.
A pediatrician with epidemiology training, Dr. Gracia has served in academic medicine and government. From 2010 to 2011, she was the Chief Medical Officer for the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH). She provided programmatic and policy leadership and coordination of a portfolio that included child and adolescent health, climate change, disaster preparedness, environmental health, global health, Haiti recovery and the White House Council on Women and Girls. Most recently, she led the development of HHS's 2012 environmental justice strategy, which addresses the disproportionate exposure of minority and low-income communities and Indian tribes to environmental hazards and promotes healthy community environments.
Dr. Gracia is an advocate for minority and vulnerable populations and lectures nationwide on health disparities and children's health. She is a National President Emeritus of the Student National Medical Association and a past Postgraduate Physician Trustee of the National Medical Association. A first-generation Haitian-American, Dr. Gracia earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in French at Stanford University.