The largest class to date — 916 students from 61 countries — saw over 600 of its public health scholars walk across the stage at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Convocation ceremony on Tuesday, May 22.
The ceremony was the first Convocation presided over by Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie, the 11th dean of the School, who has attended every graduation ceremony since her own from the PhD program in biostatistics in 1979.
In her remarks, Dean MacKenzie applauded community efforts of the graduates who, in the past year, “collaborated with more than 100 community-based organizations throughout Baltimore, contributing 20,000 hours of service. You have taken on major issues in public health. You have pursued social justice and equity in health — values that we share as a School. You pushed for immediate results … especially when it comes to our engagement in the community and making our educational programs more accessible and affordable to a broad range of students here at home and abroad. And for that you have my respect. And my thanks. You have upheld — and will uphold — the highest traditions of our School.”
Dean MacKenzie closed by advising the graduates not to get discouraged in their public health work or to feel alone. “Remember this moment,” she said. “Remember the person sitting on either side of you …. they will be your colleagues for many years and will do astonishing things. Remember the work you have done. Remember what it feels like to be joined with your fellow students in the most important of causes: Protecting health, saving lives — millions at a time.”
Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen delivered the keynote speech and shared stories “from the frontlines of public health.” Dr. Wen offered the graduates three pieces of advice:
Dr. Wen ended her remarks with a call to action: “Let’s stand up and speak up and serve with courage, action and urgency.”
[Photo: Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie and Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen]
Dean MacKenzie honored Dr. Wen with the Dean’s Medal, the highest recognition the School confers on public health leaders, saying, “Dr. Wen is a true public health hero, dedicated to advancing health and social justice in Baltimore.”
A very special congratulations to the first graduates of the Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health program!
The inaugural class of this entirely online program began in 2016 and saw 29 students graduate this year. Of the 24 students who were able to attend graduation, two are from Canada, one from South Africa, one from New Zealand and the rest from the U.S.
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