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!

Commencement ceremony recording

2019 Spring SPH Commencement Program »

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Leana Wen

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

"Inaction is never an option:" Read a Q&A with Dr. Wen with her message to graduating students

Dr. Leana Wen is the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider of sexual and reproductive health care and education. As a national health care organization with over 600 health centers and a presence in all 50 states, Planned Parenthood provides vital community health care to nearly 2.5 million women, men, non-binary people, youth, and families every year. One in five American women have been patients at Planned Parenthood.

Dr. Wen is the first physician to lead Planned Parenthood in nearly 50 years and its first Asian American president. She is an immigrant, a practicing ER doctor, a public health leader, and a passionate advocate for reproductive health and rights. Previously, she served as the Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, where she led the nation’s oldest continuously operating health department to fight the opioid epidemic, treat violence and racism as public health issues, and improve maternal and child health. She is on the faculty of George Washington University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

In 2019, she was named one of the Time 100 most influential people. Dr. Wen serves on the UMD School of Public Health's Dean's Council. When she’s not working, Dr. Wen is spending time with her one-and-a-half year son, Eli.

Student Speaker

Aparna J. Pooleri

B.S. Candidate, Public Health Science, International Development Minor

Ms. Aparna Pooleri serves as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Anatomy and Physiology, instructing upward of 160 students in lab over the course of seven semesters. She has conducted research in South India on brachial plexus injuries and the importance of neuro-rehabilitation in injury recovery, and upon graduation, will be publishing additional research on pediatric medulloblastomas. She currently serves as the President of Beta Psi Omega, the nation’s premier co-ed professional biology fraternity, founded here at the University of Maryland in 2010. She also works as a National Events Coordinator for AYUDH Americas, an international youth service organization committed to fulfilling the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, and she is using her training from her minor in International Development and Conflict Management to spearhead a vocational training project with World Bank and MSI Consulting for women’s economic empowerment in Afghanistan.

Ms. Pooleri completed the pre-medical requirements alongside her public health science degree and, after attaining an MD/MPH or MD/PhD, plans to practice medicine and teach at the university level. Her interests in medicine, academia, and international affairs allow her to celebrate the multidisciplinary nature of public health and its various applications.

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 be able to take any bags into the stadium on commencement day (unlike all other ticketed athletic events).


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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