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Minnesota Commencement Ceremony

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health held its annual Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 16, 2016. Nearly 250 MHA, MPH, MS, and PhD graduates walked in the ceremony as 1,600 family, friends, faculty, and staff applauded their successes.


Highlights from the graduation ceremony included a keynote from Dr. Susan C. Scrimshaw, president of The Sage Colleges. Dr. Scrimshaw offered graduates advice for taking on new challenges in public health and perspective on how she would have gone about her career differently.

“Take some time for yourselves — and your families too,” said Dr. Scrimshaw. “In public health, we try to teach people to balance their lives in healthy ways. So, let’s practice that ourselves as well.”

Student speaker Ms. Rebecca R. Thompson spoke during Commencement too, providing fellow graduates with her idea of a “toolkit” to help them be effective in their public health careers.

“[You need] a stepping stool to reach for health equity,” said Miss Thompson. “To make durable health improvement, we need to raise the health status of all community members. Health inequity anywhere is a threat to health equity everywhere.”

The ceremony also featured the school’s first master of public health graduates from the Executive Program in Public Health Administration and Policy, and the Public Health Informatics program.

Overall, Minnesota graduated approximately 430 students over the course of the 2015-16 academic year.

Congratulations to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Class of 2016!

To watch replays of the Commencement speeches and view photos from the event, click here.