graduation scene
Wednesday, December 19, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Reckord Armory

Congratulations to the class of 2018!

The University of Maryland School of Public Health will hold its Fall 2018 graduation ceremony at the Reckord Armory on December 19 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. Dean Lushniak invites students and their guests to Ritchie Coliseum (across the street) immediately following the ceremony for light snacks, mingling with faculty and staff and photo opportunities.

Note: Walking in the commencement ceremony is a privilege reserved for students who are on track to completing ALL degree requirements by the end of the fall semester. You must be in your final courses for your degree this semester in order to walk. If you are finishing coursework over the winter, you will be invited to participate in the commencement ceremony in May.

Social media users: Please use #PublicHealthTerps and #UMDgrad to share commencement memories. Mention @UMDPublicHealth!

RECORDING: Find the recording of the event here.

Keynote Speaker

Neil Meltzer, MPH, MHA

President and CEO of LifeBridge Health

Mr. Meltzer is President and CEO of LifeBridge Health, a position he has held since 2013. He joined Sinai Hospital of Baltimore as vice president of operations in 1988, and a decade later became Sinai’s president and chief operating officer. As CEO of LifeBridge Health, Mr. Meltzer has led the system through a period of strategic growth with a mission to transform the organization into an integrated health care delivery system, offering a full spectrum of care. Along with the acquisition of Carroll Hospital in 2015, Mr. Meltzer has expanded the system through key partnerships, including alliances with organizations that provide medical transportation, retail pharmacy, urgent care, health insurance, assisted living and more.

Mr. Meltzer has a background in public health and brings a community-focused approach to every health care decision. He serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Notre Dame of Maryland University, the Maryland Hospital Association, the Hippodrome Foundation and Everyman Theatre. Additionally, Mr. Meltzer serves on the Dean's Council for the University of Maryland School of Public Health. On the national level, he continues to work with the American Heart Association after serving as national chairman. He was also one of 15 national workforce health care champions appointed by former president Barack Obama.

Mr. Meltzer earned his Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in Louisiana, and his undergraduate degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among his many honors, the Maryland Daily Record has recognized Mr. Meltzer as an Influential Marylander and a Most Admired CEO and awarded him its ICON Honor. The Baltimore Business Journal has named Mr. Meltzer as one of its Power 10 CEOs.

Student Speaker

Mina Griffioen

B.S., Public Health Science 

Ms. Mina Griffioen works in the postbaccalureate intramural research training program at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health, where she is continuing her study of the genetic mechanisms of health. Her interest in research started in high school, where she conducted a small study examining the extent of contaminants in pre-washed lettuce from grocery stores. At the University of Maryland, she sought out further research training through the First Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) Program focusing on genetic mechanisms of human cells and viruses. For this work, she won poster presentation awards at national scientific conferences, including the Rustbelt RNA Meeting. She also served as president of Supporting Hospitals Abroad with Resources and Equipment (S.H.A.R.E.), a campus nonprofit that collects medical supplies for developing countries. She also participated in the juggling club and DJ club. Following her training at the NIH, Ms. Griffioen plans to apply to PhD programs and pursue a career as a scientist.

Student Arrival

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

Graduating students will report to the ground floor no later than 8:00am and check into their degree’s check-in table. To get to the ground floor, enter the doors on either side underneath the Armory’s main floor.

In order to participate in the ceremony, all students must be dressed in regalia (cap and gown). 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.


Directions to the Reckord Armory

If you intend to join use for the reception, parking lot K behind Ritchie Coliseum is ideal. Parking Lot L will be reserved for ADA drop-offs only. You will need to park elsewhere. If you do not park in lot K, parking for you and your guests is available in any lot or parking garage on campus. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis. See the parking map here. We recommend guests to utilize public transportation as much as possible to help reduce the amount of vehicle traffic on campus. This information is available on the University’s official Commencement website, Click here for an interactive map of campus.

Disability Services

Family, friends or other guests requiring special assistance or accommodations should enter the Reckord Armory through the West entrance, adjacent to the Main Administration Building.  See the parking map here. This is the only ADA entrance to the building. Guests should see an Usher when they arrive for assistance on where the ADA seating is located. Please advise any guests requiring special assistance or accommodations to arrive early to make sure they have time to get seated before the ceremony begins.

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.

Campus-Wide Commencement Ceremony

For all the details regarding this ceremony, visit

For More Information

Contact: Erin Caporellie

Contact Email: 

Contact Phone: 301-405-2357

Event Type: 
Student Events