SPH Commencement

2017 School of Public Health Commencement

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 5:00 p.m.
Northrop Auditorium
84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN

No tickets are required.

View a recording of the ceremony.

Northrup Auditorium

For Graduating Students

Commencement Checklist

All eligible graduating students (review eligibility criteria below) are invited to participate in the annual Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

All graduating students are asked to review and complete the below checklist no later than April 15.

2017 Commencement Checklist

The Graduate Registration Form is closed. Contact Meghan Laffen at mlaffen@umn.edu if you’d like to participate in the 2017 Commencement ceremony. All students, regardless of participating in Commencement are asked to complete the registration form to ensure your name is in the printed program.If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible to participate, please review the guidelines or contact your program coordinator.


Order your Cap & Gown Commencement regalia for masters or doctorate students can be rented or purchased through the University of Minnesota Bookstore either in-person or online. Click here for masters’ graduates, and click here for PhD graduates (please note that PhD candidates must place orders by March 23 to guarantee delivery). Students are also invited to attend Grad Fest ’17 to order regalia in-person and save 20% on your rental.

Grad Fest ’17: Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall,
March 22 & 23

Hood & tassel colors:

  • MPH & MHA students should receive a salmon hood.
  • MS students should receive a yellow hood.
  • PhD students should receive a bright blue hood.
  • MS, MHA, & PhD students should receive a black tassel.
  • MPH students should receive a salmon (pink) tassel.
Career Survey Complete and submit the online Career Survey before being cleared for your degree. Update any changes in name, address, employment, etc.
Get Connected | Get Involved | Get Informed Visit the SPH Alumni Community at sphalumni.umn.edu to learn more about how to stay connected after you graduate.All graduates receive a FREE one-year membership in the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and the SPH Alumni Society following graduation.
Application for Degree Form If you have not done so already, you must complete an application for degree via MyU to be considered as a candidate for graduate degree or certificate. This form also verifies your permanent home address to ensure receipt of your diploma.

Commencement Participation Eligibility

Masters level students
Students enrolled in MPH, MHA or MS programs are eligible to participate in the May 2017 Commencement ceremony if on-track to complete course credit requirements by August 31, 2017, or have completed the necessary course credit requirements the previous Summer ’16 or Fall ’16 semester.

Exceptions may be granted on an individual basis per review by the program coordinator and program director. To seek an exception, contact your program coordinator no later than April 1.

PhD students
Students enrolled in PhD programs are eligible to participate in the May 2017 Commencement ceremony if participated in an oral defense, or plan to participate in an oral defense, prior to August 31, 2017.

Exceptions are granted on an individual basis per the student’s faculty advisor and committee. To seek an exception, contact your program coordinator no later than April 1.

Certificate Students
Students receiving a Public Health Certificate are invited to participate in the ceremony. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at sph-alum@umn.edu to discuss options no later than April 1.

Commencement Program Listing

Masters and PhD students will be listed in the Commencement program only if the degree has been completed and awarded prior to the ceremony or is on task to be awarded by August 31, 2017.  Otherwise, names of those students will appear in the commencement program of the academic year in which the degree is formally granted.


Do I need to purchase tickets for my family to attend the ceremony?
No. This event is free and open to the public.

If my family can’t attend the ceremony, can they watch it online?
Live streaming of the Ceremony will be available during the ceremony and a recorded version will be available within one week following the ceremony.

Who gets hooded and how does it work?
PhD students, only, get hooded at the School’s Commencement ceremony. PhD students should speak with their advisors about the hooding process and ensure his/her participation in the ceremony.

Other questions?  Contact Meghan Laffen at mlaffen@umn.edu or 612.626.7405.

For Faculty


All faculty are invited to participate in the SPH Commencement ceremony.


Faculty registration is closed. Contact Meghan Laffen at mlaffen@umn.edu or 612.626.7405 if you’d like to participate or need to place an order for rented regalia.

Regalia needed to participate is provided complimentary for faculty participants. Commencement regalia will be distributed the day of Commencement in the Faculty Staging Room at Northrop Auditorium.  If you wish to purchase regalia, please visit the Bookstore’s web site.

Hooding PhD Candidates

PhD candidates are the only students eligible for the hooding ceremony.

Faculty advisors should speak with PhD candidates to confirm their participation in the ceremony. More details will be sent to those individuals participating as noted in the registration form.

Keynote Speaker: Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, is the immediate past president of the American Public Health Association. She is the research director on social determinants of health and equity in the Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impact of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. View full bio

Camara Jones