The UMD Gymkana troupe tweeted out this image with the #bringjimmy2UMD hashtag

The UMD Gymkana troupe tweeted out this image with the #bringjimmy2UMD hashtag.

November 17, 2017

Students have launched a social media campaign to invite late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to be the commencement speaker for the Spring 2018 School of Public Health commencement. Led by MHA student and Graduate Student Government VP for Community Development Nygel Williams, the movement was inspired by Kimmel's outspoken monologues on public-health related issues including vaccination, the Affordable Care Act, and gun control. Kimmel's bold public health stances have stemmed in part from his newborn son's congenital heart defect. "No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It shouldn’t happen," he said in one of his numerous impassioned monologues. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! show is consistently one of the top-rated late-night talk shows, and has been on the air since 2003.

Students have created and shared photos, videos and messages to Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter, using the hashtag #bringjimmy2UMD. Here's the video that kicked things off: