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Centennial Class Convocation

Centennial Class

New grads celebrate the 100th anniversary of our School’s founding.

They are the glue that unites us, shaped by a rich past and shaping a hopeful future: 904 students from 52 countries will mark May 17, 2016 as the day the Bloomberg School formally declared them ready to further its mission of saving lives—millions at a time.

A record-setting number graduates are expected to participate in the convocation ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. in the Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore.

“Since 1916, the School has been producing leaders who change the world,” Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87, said. “I am confident that the Class of 2016 will do the same. Our 21st century world needs what they will accomplish.”

Already, this Centennial cohort has contributed and achieved much. Notably, it collaborated with community-based organizations throughout Baltimore to log more than 18,000 hours of service last year. “Strengthening communities,” Dean Klag emphasized, “is at the core of our School’s mission.”

As the new grads transition to becoming alumni, they join a network of more than 21,000 public health professionals and leaders worldwide.

Of the total number of graduates, 361 have earned an MPH—the flagship master’s degree program at the School. In addition,

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the courageous public health-trained pediatrician who sounded the alarm over Flint, Michigan’s contaminated water supply will address the graduates.

“She is a role model for all of us, and a reminder that each of us has the capacity to use our skills to support health and justice—in Flint Michigan, here at home, and all around the world,” Dean Klag said.

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Full Ceremony


Read an exclusive Q&A with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha on Global Health NOW.