Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 am
Xfinity Center, University of Maryland, College Park

Congratulations to the class of 2017!

The University of Maryland School of Public Health will hold its Spring 2016 graduation ceremony at the Xfinity Center on May 21 for undergraduate, masters and doctoral students who have successfully completed their degree requirements.
This event celebrates the students' academic accomplishments in addition to providing support and encouragement for their future paths. 

Social media users: Please use #PublicHealthTerps and #UMDgrad to share commencement memories!

Keynote Speaker

Joy Bauer, BS ’86, Kinesiology 

Today Show nutrition expert, author, founder of Nourish Snacks

Joy Bauer is one of the world's leading authorities on health and weight loss. As the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY show, Ms. Bauer shares reliable, practical, and easy to follow advice that helps millions of people eat better, live healthier, and lead more fulfilling lives. She also hosts the program’s popular “Joy Fit Club” series, which celebrates determined people who have lost more than 100 pounds through diet and exercise alone. Ms. Bauer is the founder of Nourish Snacks, a line of snack foods made with healthy ingredients and packaged in sensible portion sizes. She strongly believes that it’s never too early or late to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Student Arrival

 Note:  The Xfinity center will have security checks at all entrances so please allow plenty of time to enter the facility. 

 Graduating students will report to the Auxiliary Gym (Pavillion) no later than 8:00am and check into their degree’s check-in table. To get to the Auxiliary Gym, enter Gate D (northeast corner of Xfinity Center by parking lot 4b) on the lower level and the Gym is on that level. 

 In order to participate in the ceremony, all students must be dressed in regalia (cap and gown).  If you have not purchased regalia yet, you can find the details on how to do this on the main commencement website at  

Ticket Information

Tickets are not required for the SPH commencement ceremony, although they are required to attend the university-wide commencement ceremony.

If you plan to attend the campus-wide commencement ceremony on Sunday afternoon, tickets ARE REQUIRED and are limited to four for each student.  Details about how to obtain these tickets can be found at

Directions and Parking

Directions to the XFINITY Center

Parking and transit

Parking for you and your guests is available in any lot or parking garage on campus. However, the best parking is available in Lots 4, 6 (Terrapin Trail Garage), 9 and 11 surrounding the Xfinity Center. There are handicap parking spaces available in these lots, but they are limited. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis. We recommend guests to utilize public transportation as much as possible to help reduce the amount of vehicle traffic on campus. To this end, Transportation Services will be running shuttles between the Metro and Campus along with routes throughout the campus to get people to the different ceremonies.

 We encourage you to utilize public transportation when possible.  Additionally, if you have guests who cannot walk far distances, we recommend dropping them close to the building and then gong to park the car.  Click here for an interactive map of campus (insert as link).  

Disability Services

Guests who need disability accommodations or have questions regarding the accommodations for the campus-wide ceremony may contact the Office of Special Events at or 301.405.4638.

Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact the Disability Support Service at 301.314.7209 or to make arrangements.


Detailed information is available under Regalia on the University’s Commencement website.  

Diplomas will be mailed several weeks after graduation. 

Bag Policy

All guests will only be able to carry the following style and size bag into the stadium.
*Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”
*One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
*Small clutch bags, measuring 4.5” x 6.5” with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.
All other bags will not be permitted. Guests are encouraged to return unauthorized items to their vehicles. The University of Maryland cannot safeguard items which are not permitted into the stadium.


Dean Lushniak invites you and your guests to return to the SPH building immediately following the ceremony for light snacks, mingling with faculty and staff and photo opportunities. 

For other frequently asked questions regarding the SPH ceremony, Latin Honors, parking, etc., visit (link to graduation FAQs). 

Campus-Wide Commencement Ceremony

Finally, you are also highly encouraged to attend the main commencement ceremony happening on Sunday May 21 at 1:00pm.  For all the details regarding this ceremony, visit

For More Information

Visit or refer to our Frequently Asked Questions document


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