2019 Spring Commencement
May 23, 2019

Congratulations graduates!

The University of Maryland School of Public Health held its Spring 2019 graduation ceremony in the Xfinity Center at 11:00 a.m. on May 22 for undergraduate, masters and doctoral students who have successfully completed their degree requirements. It was a joyous event honoring our accomplished graduates.

For those who missed the event or would like to revisit this milestone:

Watch the commencement ceremony as it was live-streamed on YouTube »

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View a gallery of images from the commencement ceremony »

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Leana Wen

President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund

"Inaction is never an option:" Read a Q&A with Dr. Wen with her message to graduating students

Dr. Leana Wen is the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider of sexual and reproductive health care and education. As a national health care organization with over 600 health centers and a presence in all 50 states, Planned Parenthood provides vital community health care to nearly 2.5 million women, men, non-binary people, youth, and families every year. One in five American women have been patients at Planned Parenthood.

Dr. Wen is the first physician to lead Planned Parenthood in nearly 50 years and its first Asian American president. She is an immigrant, a practicing ER doctor, a public health leader, and a passionate advocate for reproductive health and rights. Previously, she served as the Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, where she led the nation’s oldest continuously operating health department to fight the opioid epidemic, treat violence and racism as public health issues, and improve maternal and child health. She is on the faculty of George Washington University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

In 2019, she was named one of the Time 100 most influential people. Dr. Wen serves on the UMD School of Public Health's Dean's Council. When she’s not working, Dr. Wen is spending time with her one-and-a-half year son, Eli.

Student Speaker

Aparna J. Pooleri

B.S. Candidate, Public Health Science, International Development Minor

Ms. Aparna Pooleri serves as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Anatomy and Physiology, instructing upward of 160 students in lab over the course of seven semesters. She has conducted research in South India on brachial plexus injuries and the importance of neuro-rehabilitation in injury recovery, and upon graduation, will be publishing additional research on pediatric medulloblastomas. She currently serves as the President of Beta Psi Omega, the nation’s premier co-ed professional biology fraternity, founded here at the University of Maryland in 2010. She also works as a National Events Coordinator for AYUDH Americas, an international youth service organization committed to fulfilling the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, and she is using her training from her minor in International Development and Conflict Management to spearhead a vocational training project with World Bank and MSI Consulting for women’s economic empowerment in Afghanistan.

Ms. Pooleri completed the pre-medical requirements alongside her public health science degree and, after attaining an MD/MPH or MD/PhD, plans to practice medicine and teach at the university level. Her interests in medicine, academia, and international affairs allow her to celebrate the multidisciplinary nature of public health and its various applications.