Fall 2019 Commencement
December 17, 2019

Congratulations to the class of 2019!

The University of Maryland School of Public Health held its Fall 2019 graduation ceremony for undergraduate, masters and doctoral students who have successfully completed their degree requirements on December 16 at the UMD Xfinity Center.


This event celebrated the students' academic accomplishments in addition to providing support and encouragement for their future paths. 

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Keynote Speaker


Capt. Paul “PJ” Jung
MD, MPH, BA ’91
Medical Officer, Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Paul Jung is a medical officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and has held assignments at the Health Resources and Services Administration, Indian Health Service, Peace Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, House Energy and Commerce Committee, National Institutes of Health, and Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Jung has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed residencies in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University and preventive medicine at Emory University and earned his MPH as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University. He also has master’s degrees in business and political management. From 2018-2019, he chaired the University of Maryland School of Public Health Dean’s Council, a board that provides strategic advice to help advance the school’s mission and growth. He is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Student Speaker

Victory Lynn Plaine
Bachelor of Science, Community Health

Victory Plaine developed an early interest in public health during her high school studies focused on biomedical allied health. After enrolling at the University of Maryland, she discovered her passion and began to focus her studies and research around sexual health. Ms. Plaine has excelled in all of her courses and remained on the Dean’s List while maintaining a full-time work schedule. She plans to continue her education and to become a sexual health education specialist. Ms.Plaine aspires to develop methods to decrease incidence rates of STI/STDs through preventative education and wants to continue to serve her community through education and research.