SPH Graduation Information
It is never too early to start planning graduation. However, there are many dates, deadlines, and requirements you must meet in order to attend commencement and receive your degree.
To earn a Bachelor's Degree from the School of Public Health, Students Must:
- Fulfill the requirements for the chosen major
- Complete major required courses with a grade of C- or better
- Earn a minimum of 120 unduplicated credit hours (or 150 for double degree) with at least a 2.0GPA for all UMD coursework attempted
- Earn at least 12 credits of major required coursework during their last 30 credits
- Earn at least 15 credits of upper-level (300 or 400) coursework in their last 30 credits
- Fulfill General Education or CORE requirements
Please contact SPHAdvising@umd.edu with any questions about graduation.
Main University Commencement information can be found here on the University Commencement webpage.
It is important to understand applying for graduation does not guarantee that you will earn your degree. As a candidate for graduation, your record will be reviewed by your department prior to commencement, as well as after commencement, once grades have posted for the current semester. Only once you have been cleared by your department will your degree be posted to your record and your diploma sent. Students MUST BE on track to completing all degree requirements in that given semester in order to remain on the graduation list and walk-in commencement. If a student is finishing a final course over summer or winter, he/she should apply for graduation in the following term. Students will not be permitted to walk early in a commencement ceremony.
Graduation Application Checklist
To deliver the student commencement address is a great honor and a true challenge. A great commencement speaker shares something about themselves and their journey in the school; engages with students and parents; reflects on opportunities and inspires us for the future; and helps us understand what a career in public health means to them.
To be considered you must be an undergraduate student in the School of Public Health who is graduating in the current semester. A committee will review the applications and invite the selected applicants to deliver a 3 minute speech before making a final selection. The selected student speaker will be asked to attend commencement rehearsal.