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UTHealth celebrates 407 graduates for 2017-18

On May 11, University of Texas School of Public Health celebrated a total of 407 graduates for the 2017-18 school year. There were 258 in Houston, 55 in Austin, 53 in San Antonio, 21 in Dallas, 12 in El Paso and eight in Brownsville.

Each campus of the school — located across six major cities in Texas — held its own celebration, and students from all campuses were invited to attend the school-wide commencement ceremony in Houston on May 11 at NRG Center.

Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, director of the Guinea Worm Eradication Program at The Carter Center, delivered the 2018 convocation address UTHealth School of Public Health commencement ceremony on May 11. Dr. Ruiz-Tiben is an alumnus of UTHealth School of Public Health, having earned his PhD in epidemiology from the school in 1982. Read more on this.

Also at the ceremony, graduating student, Ms. Angela Frazier, executive director of the School of Public Health Student Association, presented Dr. Eric Brown, with the McGovern Award for Outstanding Teaching at the 2018 commencement ceremony at NRG Center in Houston. Dr. Brown is an associate professor of infectious disease in the Ddepartment of epidemiology, human genetics and environmental sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston. Dr. Shreela Sharma was the runner-up for the award and therefore served as the student marshal during the ceremony. Dr. Sharma is an associate professor in the same department as Brown, and she works with the school’s Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living.  Read more about the award.

Photos from the celebrations in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio are available on the School of Public Health Flickr account at: This includes photos from the pre-commencement reception on May 10 in Houston.

View photos from a variety of events throughout the UTHealth School of Public Health 2017-18 school year.

Read more about 2018 graduation.