The University at Albany School of Public Health celebrated commencement the weekend of May 18 – 20, awarding 31 bachelor, 100 master and 9 doctoral degrees and 55 certificates. Among the events was a commencement reception for masters and doctoral candidates. At the reception, graduates were recognized for their academic and community service achievements and 20 graduates were inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society. Additionally, students had the opportunity to present a faculty and a staff member with the annual awards for excellence in teaching and outstanding service to students.
A commencement celebration to recognize undergraduate honorees for their achievements was held and included an address by UAlbany School of Public Health alumna, Dorcey Applyrs, MPH ‘05, DrPH ‘14. Sharing her story of not giving up, Dr. Applyrs encouraged the graduates to stay true to their plan, persevere and remember to give back. Elected to the City of Albany (NY) Common Council in 2014 and re-elected in 2018, Dr. Applrys is known for her strong leadership and commitment to advocating for others and takes on issues in her community around health disparities and environmental safety. She was named a 40 Under 40 by the Albany Business Review, has been recognized as a Young Alumni of Excellence by the University at Albany and was a 2017 Women and Girls Ambassador by Girls Inc. of the Capital Region. Dr. Applyrs has been featured on the cover of HerLife New York Magazine and honored by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with the 2017 Off the Sidelines Equality Advocate Award.
Master and doctoral level candidates participated in University commencement ceremonies led by University President Havidand Rodriquez.