2020 School of Public Health Commencement
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. Students are also invited to attend Grad Fest ’20 to order regalia in-person and save on your rental.
Grad Fest ’20: Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall, March 18 & 19
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
All faculty are invited to participate in the SPH Commencement ceremony.
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.