Students in cap and gown seated at a graduation ceremony.
Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 am
Xfinity Center, University of Maryland, College Park

Congratulations to the class of 2017!

The University of Maryland School of Public Health held its Spring 2017 graduation ceremony at the Xfinity Center on May 20 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. Dean Lushniak invited students and their guests to return to the SPH building immediately following the ceremony for light snacks, mingling with faculty and staff and photo opportunities. 

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

Keynote Speaker

Joy Bauer, BS ’86, Kinesiology 

Today Show nutrition expert, author, founder of Nourish Snacks

Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, is one of the nation's leading health authorities. She is the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY show, the founder of Nourish Snacks, a monthly columnist for Woman's Day magazine, and the official nutritionist for the New York City Ballet. Joy is also the creator of and the author of 12 New York Times best-selling books. Her latest book, From Junk Food to Joy Food, is based on her popular TODAY show series, in which viewers challenge Joy to turn fattening favorites into delicious, diet-friendly fare for the honor of the coveted "two carrots up." The book is also the inspiration behind Joy’s latest PBS special.

In the earlier part of her career, Joy was the Director of Nutrition and Fitness for the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, as well as the clinical dietitian for their neurosurgical team. One of Joy's most rewarding experiences was creating and implementing “Heart Smart Kids,” a health program for underprivileged children living in Harlem. Prior to making the jump to media, she taught Anatomy & Physiology and Sports Nutrition at NYU's School of Continuing Education, as she worked to build what would soon become the largest private nutrition center in the country.

Passionate about delivering scientifically sound, realistic information to millions of Americans, Joy has received countless awards including the National Media Excellence Award from two of the most esteemed organizations, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society of Nutrition Science.

Student Speaker

Deborah Wu, BS, Community Health and Public Health Science

Deborah Wu is graduating with a dual degree in Community Health and Public Health Science. She is a recipient of the Banneker Key Merit-Based Full Scholarship, completing her honors citation in the Integrated Life Sciences Honors College program. She received the Beck-Feldman Public Health Research Award from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health in 2016 and was also recognized by the Public Health Science program, named a 2015-2016 School of Public Health Dean’s Scholar Award recipient. Deborah held leadership positions in the Taiwanese American Student Association and the Phi Alpha Epsilon Public Health Honors Society. She was a health and wellness peer educator with the HealthWORKS program at the University Health Center, and she also taught proper oral health and hygiene to low-income elementary school students with the Schools for Smiles student organization.

Deborah will be continuing her education at the University of California Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health, pursuing an MPH with the Department of Health Policy and Management.  

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 8:00am 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 Sunday afternoon, tickets ARE REQUIRED and are limited to four for each student.  Details about how to obtain these tickets can be found at

Graduation Survey

Tell us what your plans are for after graduation by completing this quick, 5 minute survey. Complete it by July 3rd to be entered into a random drawing just for SPH grads for one of three technology items (FitBit Flex, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or an Amazon Echo Dot)! All information is confidential and will be reported in aggregate form. Help to better inform prospective and current students about what it means to graduate with a degree from UMD's SPH! 

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 Sunday May 21 at 1:00pm.  For all the details regarding this ceremony, visit

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Event Type: 
Student Events
Spring 2017 College & School Ceremonies