Student cap at spring SPH commencement 2017
Wednesday, May 22, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Congratulations to the class of 2019!

The University of Maryland School of Public Health will hold its Spring 2019 graduation ceremony in the Xfinity Center at 11:00 a.m. on May 22 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.

Ceremony details 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
11:00 am
University of Maryland Xfinity Center

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 10:00am 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 Friday 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 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 going to park the car.  Click here for an interactive map of campus.  

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.

For other frequently asked questions regarding the SPH ceremony, refer to our graduation FAQs sheet

Campus-Wide Commencement Ceremony

Finally, you are also highly encouraged to attend the main commencement ceremony happening on Friday, May 24 at 1:00pm.  For all the details regarding this ceremony, visit

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Erin Caporellie
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