SPH Fall 2018 Commencement
December 20, 2018


Congratulations Class of 2018!

The University of Maryland School of Public Health held its Fall 2018 graduation ceremony at 9 a.m. on December 19 for undergraduate, masters and doctoral students who successfully completed their degree requirements.


Enjoy our Flickr photo album with highlights of the day.

Watch the commencement as it was livestreamed on YouTube.

View the commencement program.

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.