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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The ceremony will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Hippodrome Baltimore located at 12 N. Eutaw St. Baltimore, MD 21201. Students should arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. to line up with their class. Our procession will start promptly at 9:30 a.m., so it is important for students to be in line and in their appropriate order. Our ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. promptly, with a lunch reception immediately following the ceremony.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Leana Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM, Health Commissioner, Baltimore City
Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and patient and community advocate. She was appointed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to lead the Baltimore City Health Department, the oldest health department in the United States, formed in 1793. Since her appointment, Dr. Wen has led implementation of the citywide opiod overdose prevention and response plan, which includes "hotspotting" and street outreach teams to target individuals most at risk, training family/friends on naloxone use, and launching a new public education campaign ( Dr. Wen received her medical training from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Brigham & Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School. A Rhodes Scholar, she studied public health and health policy at the University of Oxford, and worked as a community organizer in Los Angeles and St. Louis. Dr. Wen has conducted public health and emergency systems research in Rwanda, D.R. Congo, Nigeria, South Africa, China, Singapore, Slovenia, and Denmark.

Regalia and Graduation Accessories

Any student who wishes to participate in the Commencement Ceremony will be required to wear a cap and gown. Any student who did not order their regalia at the Grad Fair will be able to order online by visiting the Oak Hall website. You may purchase other graduation accessories online by visiting Herff Jones. The deadline to order regalia is April 13, 2016. 

Applying for a Diploma

MAY (SPRING) GRADUATES: Deadline to file an Application for Diploma was FEBRUARY 8, 2015. Filing an Application for Diploma is mandatory and can be submitted online through SURFS (instructions are sent to all students via their campus e-mail account). If you have missed the deadline or have any questions please contact Dawn Roberts as soon as possible.


There are a number of affordable garages located all throughout downtown Baltimore. You can pay in advance through Parking Panda for $20 a day at 300 E. Pratt St., or 30 E. Lee St. use Promo Code UMSOM for 20% off. Your families may opt to park in one of the campus parking facilities which are within walking distance of the venue.

Handicap Accommodations

The venue will be wheelchair accessible and handicapped seating will be available. If you need any other accommodations please contact the Dawn Roberts in the Office of Student Affairs. Students will have at least 7 tickets each. They will be available in late March/early April. Graduates will need a ticket for themselves. There will be a wait-list for those who need extra tickets which will begin in March/April.


Grad Images will be providing photography services. Every graduate will receive emailed proofs and printed proofs by mail with no obligation to buy. The packages start at $5.

School of Medicine Faculty

Faculty will be able to go to the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development website to sign up to attend the School of Medicine Graduation Ceremony, order regalia, and get detailed information on your arrival time and where you should report at a later date.

The Campus-Wide Convocation will take place on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Royal Farms Arena at 201 W. Baltimore St. Baltimore, MD 21201.

Other Information

The SOM and affiliated groups and organizations host a number of events throughout each academic year. Students and/or their families may be asked to incur costs related to additional guests, dietary preferences or restrictions, or other special non-ADA accommodations at these and other events.