Bookmark and Share

UMSOM Graduation 2015

Graduation Day Ceremony for the Class of 2014

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. 

Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Level 400 Ballroom

Platform party members and faculty should plan to arrive at the Convention Center no later than 9:00 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

Philip Needlman, Ph.D.

Needleman Philip Needleman, Ph.D., is a former Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, the Washington University Board of Trustees, the St. Louis Science Center, the Plant and Life Sciences Coalition, the Board of Trustees of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and Research Advisor to the President at Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

Dr. Needleman received his B.Sc. in pharmacy and M.Sc. in pharmacology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, where he joined the faculty in 1967, and later became Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology from 1976 to 1989.

Dean Reece and Keynote Speaker Governor Martin O'Malley from last year's graduation ceremony.
Dean Reece and Keynote Speaker Governor Martin O'Malley from last year's graduation ceremony. More from the 2014 ceremony. 

During that time, he was selected Basic Science Teacher of the Year five times. In 1989 he became senior vice president of Monsanto. In 1993 he became president of Searle Research and Development. He served as senior executive vice president and chief scientist of Pharmacia from 2000 to 2003. In 2004 he served as Associate Dean for Special Projects at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis.

Dr. Needleman’s research focuses on two main areas. His studies of the regulation of vascular, cardiac, and renal function led to the discovery of the mechanism of organic nitrate tolerance, the first peptide angiotensin antagonists, and the atrial natriuretic factor (the hormone by which the heart communicates with the kidney). His second area of research was on the role of prostaglandins in arthritis, an area in which he made multiple contributions culminating in the discovery of Cox-2, the isoform of cyclooxygenase responsible for the inflammation and pain suffered by arthritis patients. His work at Monsanto/Searle resulted in the 1998 FDA approval of Celebrex.

He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 1987, and chaired the NAS Pharmacology-Physiology section from 2001–2004. He was elected to a brief term on the NAS Council in 2004, and currently serves as a member of the NAS Division of Earth and Life Sciences Committee. In 2009 he served as interim President of the Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center, and in 2011 he became interim President of the St. Louis Science Center. He helped create the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, and served on the Barnes Jewish Hospital Board.

Dr. Needleman has garnered numerous honors, including the John Jacob Abel Award of the American Pharmacology Society (1974); Research Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (1988); Washington University’s Distinguished Faculty Award (1987), Second Century Award from the medical school (1994), and honorary doctorate degree (1999); C. Chester Stock Award from Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2001); and the Amercian Society of Experimental Therapeutics Award. Dr. Needleman was selected for the Industrial Research Institute Medal in 2001, and in 2005 the NAS Award for the Industrial Application of Science.

Regalia for SOM Faculty Members

Facutly in Full 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, 2015. 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.

Transportation for SOM Faculty

Transportation will not be provided, as the hotel is walking distance from the School of Medicine. Please arrive no later than 9:00 a.m.

UMB Commencement

The commencement ceremony for the University of Maryland, Baltimore will take place on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Royal Farms Arena (formerly First Mariner Arena). The keynote speaker is William E. "Brit" Kirwan, PhD. 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.