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UMSOM Graduation 2016

Graduation Day Ceremony for the Class of 2015

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hippodrome Theatre
12 N. Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Platform party members and faculty should plan to arrive at the Hippodrome Theater no later than 9:00 a.m. The procession will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. 

On the day of UMSOM Graduation, you can reach a staff member of the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at by calling 443-478-0928.

Keynote Speaker

Leana Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM,
Health Commissioner, Baltimore City.

Leana WenDr. Leana Wen is the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. An emergency physician and patient and community advocate, she was appointed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to lead the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), the oldest health department in the United States, formed in 1793. BCHD is an agency with a $130 million annual budget and 1,000 employees that aims to promote health and improve well-being through education, policy/advocacy, and direct service delivery. BCHD’s wide-ranging responsibilities include maternal and child health, youth wellness, school health, senior services, animal control, restaurant inspections, emergency preparedness, STI/HIV treatment, and acute and chronic disease prevention.

Dean Reece with Dr Needleman
Dean Reece and Keynote Speaker Philip Needleman, Ph.D. from last year's graduation ceremony. More from the 2015 ceremony. 

Since her appointment in January 2015, Dr. Wen has led implementation of the citywide opioid 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 ( In the wake of the civil unrest in April, she directed the city’s public health recovery efforts, including ensuring prescription medication access to seniors after the closure of 13 pharmacies and developing the Mental Health/Trauma Recovery Plan, with 24/7 crisis counseling and healing circles and group counseling in schools, community groups, and churches. As part of her priority focus on community engagement and communication, the BCHD team has launched B’More Heard and #BMoreHealthySelfie campaigns, B’Healthy in B’More blog, and B’More Health Talks, a biweekly town hall and podcast series on health disparities.

Most recently, Dr. Wen has been an attending physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University (GWU). A professor of Emergency Medicine at the School of Medicine and of Health Policy at the School of Public Health, she co-directed GWU’s Residency Fellowship in Health Policy, co-led a new national collaboration on health policy and social mission with Kaiser Permanente, and served as founding director of Who’s My Doctor, a campaign calling for radical transparency in medicine.

The author of the critically-acclaimed book When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, Dr. Wen has given four popular TED and TEDMED talks on patient-centered care, public health leadership, and healthcare reform.

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. She has served as a consultant with the World Health Organization, Brookings Institution, and China Medical Board; an advisor to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Lown Institute; and as national president of the American Medical Student Association and American Academy of Emergency Medicine-Resident & Student Association. In 2005, she was selected by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to represent physicians-in-training on the Council on Graduate Medical Education, an advisory commission to Congress. In 2010, she served as Chair of the Young Professionals Council, a global leadership network of medical, nursing, and public health professionals.

In addition to her extensive scholarship in patient safety and transparency, Dr. Wen has conducted public health and emergency systems research in Rwanda, D.R. Congo, Nigeria, South Africa, China, Singapore, Slovenia, and Denmark. She has been published in numerous scientific publications including The Lancet, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, and British Medical Journal. She has been a contributing writer for National Public Radio, Huffington Post, Women’s Health Magazine, and Psychology Today, and has been featured in Time, Newsweek, ABC, CBS, NPR, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other media outlets. Follow @DrLeanaWen.

Link to Dr Wen's Bio >> 

Regalia for SOM Faculty Members

Faculty Regalia
  • All faculty and speakers participating in the UMSOM Graduation ceremony are required to wear regalia.
  • Faculty members are permitted to wear their own personal Academic Doctoral regalia, if they so choose.
  • Faculty may also make arrangements to rent regalia for the UMSOM Graduation.

For pricing and/or to place your order with the UMB bookstore, please download the order form.

Rental orders must be received by April 13, 2016. Orders for regalia rentals may be dropped off at the bookstore, faxed to (410) 706-0069 or emailed to Questions regarding Regalia Rental can be directed to Jennifer Stevens at 410-328-7788

Faculty members wishing to purchase Academic Regalia should contact Jennifer Stevens, UMB Bookstore Manager, at 410-328-7788.

If you have any questions regarding regalia, please contact the UMB bookstore at 410-706-7788.

UMB Commencement

The commencement ceremony for the University of Maryland, Baltimore will take place on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Royal Farms Arena (formerly First Mariner Arena). The keynote speaker will be listed at a later date. See the UMB Commencement website for more information.

UMSOM Graduation & Commencement Registration

Complete the online registration form to participate in the UMSOM Graduation and/or Commencement ceremonies.


If you have any further questions, please email our office at

For more information on UMSOM Graduation activities, please visit Student Affairs' UMSOM Graduation website.