Student cap at spring SPH commencement 2017
Thursday, May 23, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Ritchie Coliseum

Congratulations to the class of 2019!

The University of Maryland School of Public Health will hold its Spring 2019 graduation ceremony at the Ritchie Coliseum on May 23 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. 

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 spring semester. You must be in your final courses for your degree this semester in order to walk. 

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

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Leana Wen

President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Dr. Wen has served as President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund since fall 2018. She is the first physician in nearly 50 years to lead the organization. She previously served as the Baltimore City Health Commissioner, leading the oldest, continuously-operating health department in the U.S. Under her direction, the Baltimore City Health Department led the country in health innovations and was recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials as the Local Health Department of the Year. 

Dr. Wen graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Los Angeles, at the age of 18, and earned her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine before becoming a Rhodes Scholar. She obtained her Master’s degrees at the University of Oxford and completed her residency training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Wen has received recognition as Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders and Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare. A Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and Academy of Medicine, she serves on the faculty at the George Washington University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2016, Dr. Wen was honored to be the recipient American Public Health Association’s highest award for local public health work. In 2017, she was named one of Governing’s Public Officials of the Year and in 2018, she was named one of the 50 most influential people in healthcare for 2018 by Time.


The School of Public Health invites all graduates, friends and family to celebrate ahead of the ceremony with a reception in the School of Public Health (from 1:30-3:00 pm). We will have light hor d'oeuvres, music and the chance to mix and mingle with your favorite faculty and staff.  

Additionally, due to the limited number of tickets we can offer for the ceremony (because of the number of graduating students and the ceremony location at Ritchie Coliseum), we will also be live streaming the event in the building lecture hall (room 1312) and on several of our TVs.  We welcome all friends and family to stay following the reception to watch commencement. 



In order to accommodate the large graduating class this spring, the School of Public Health must issue guest tickets for family and friends to attend the school commencement ceremony.  All guests (including infants and children) will need a ticket to ensure compliance with the fire code.  Each spring candidate will receive two (2) guest tickets for the commencement ceremony.  

Ticket distribution will begin in early April (CASA will notify students by email). Graduating students will have the opportunity to indicate the desire for additional guest tickets. These requests will be addressed through a lottery once the initial ticket distribution period is over. We cannot guarantee that any additional tickets will be available, but requests for additional guest ticket will be reviewed and accommodated if at all possible. 

 Please do not email or call the office to be put on the waitlist for additional tickets.  This must be done in person when you pick up your tickets.  As a reminder, you must be on the graduation list for Spring 2019 to obtain tickets.

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UMD Events