Current Students


Note to Registrants: All in-person School of Public Health events are canceled through the end of the spring 2020 semester. We are evaluating rescheduling this event or moving it online. Registrants will be notified when a decision is made and this event webpage will be updated accordingly.

students graduating at northrop auditorium

2020 School of Public Health Commencement

2020 School of Public Health Commencement
Monday, May 18, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Northrop Auditorium
84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN

No tickets are required.

For Graduate Students

All eligible graduating students (review eligibility criteria below) are invited to participate in the annual Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 18, 2020.

All graduating students must review and complete the below checklist no later than April 15 to participate in Commencement or have their names listed in the Commencement Program.

2020 Commencement Checklist

Commencement Registration Form  Complete the Commencement Registration Form no later than April 15 to have your name included in the printed program for Commencement. 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 master or doctorate students can be rented or purchased through the University of Minnesota Bookstore either in-person or online.

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.

Your SPH Alumni Community
Stay connected after you graduate. All graduates receive a FREE membership in 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.

Letter of support for international family visa applications
Contact Kate Hanson,, as early as possible to request a letter of support.
In your email to Kate – provide the guest names, their relationship to you, their passport numbers and nationality.

Masters level students
Students enrolled in MPH, MHA or MS programs are eligible to participate in the May 2020 Commencement ceremony if on-track to complete course credit requirements by August 31, 2020, or have completed the necessary course credit requirements the previous Summer ’19 or Fall ’19 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 2020 Commencement ceremony if they have participated in an oral defense, or plan to participate in an oral defense, prior to August 31, 2020.

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 to discuss options no later than April 1.

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, 2020. Otherwise, names of those students will appear in the commencement program of the academic year in which the degree is formally granted.

For Graduating Students

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?
The ceremony will be livestreamed online. Livestream link coming in May 2020.

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.

For Faculty

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

Faculty Registration
Please register online by March 23, 2020 if you would like to participate in Commencement. SPH can only guarantee regalia if you register by March 23.

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.

Delta Omega Nominations

The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University. There are now more than 70 chapters throughout the United States and abroad. The University of Minnesota’s Pi Chapter was founded in 1985 and has more than 800 members.

Membership in Delta Omega reflects the dedication of an individual to increasing the quality of the field, as well as to the protection and advancement of the health of all people. Members are inducted to each chapter by a selective process that considers their outstanding performance and devotion to the field.

Students: Chapters may induct up to 10 percent of the graduating student body. All student inductees must be in the upper 25 percent in class standing and must have demonstrated real or potential qualities of leadership in public health.

Faculty: Chapters may induct 3 percent of the full-time faculty. Adjunct faculty may not be appointed as faculty members. Faculty will be selected based on outstanding public health performance in scholarship, teaching, research, and the quality of publications.

If you would like to nominate a student or faculty member please complete the form found here.

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