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UMass Amherst Celebrates Class of 2017

The University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences held its Senior Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 13 on the UMass Amherst campus. The SPHHS ceremony recognized its undergraduate Class of 2017, which this year welcomed 681 graduating seniors into its ranks.

[Photo: Graduates of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences]

In her remarks to the graduating class of 2017, Dean Marjorie Aelion stated that “many students may not realize that the SPHHS is unique among its New England public health colleagues in that it confers so many undergraduate degrees.” She noted that over the last seven years, the SPHHS’ undergraduate student body has more than doubled in size, from 1,000 to 2,200 majors, including “a greater variety of undergraduate majors than any other accredited school of public health in North America.”

[Photo: Dean Marjorie Aelion delivers her speech at the 2017 SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony]

During the SPHHS Senior Recognition Ceremony, the SPHHS recognized 681 graduating seniors – 84 in communication disorders, 92 in nutrition, 229 in kinesiology, and 276 in public health sciences.

“In addition to being distinct from our New England schools of public health,” she continued, “the SPHHS has a mission statement and values that sets it apart from other schools and colleges at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our values state that the SPHHS is firmly committed to public health values, concepts, and ethics. Through its educational, research, service, and practice programs, SPHHS dedicates itself to improving the public’s health and to creating a healthy society.”

Dean Aelion concluded by noting that “the SPHHS undergraduate majors are the most ‘do-gooders’ on campus, and I know that they will continue to do great things in many different fields after they leave campus and continue their lives as alumni of the SPHHS.”

The University of Massachusetts Amherst held its Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 12, with Senator Elizabeth Warren serving as the featured commencement speaker during the undergraduate ceremony. The university awarded approximately 5,500 bachelor’s degrees and conferred over 1,800 doctoral and master’s degrees, including SPHHS graduate students in the departments of biostatistics and epidemiology, health promotion and policy, environmental health sciences, and its allied health science departments of communication disorders, kinesiology, and nutrition.

Visit the UMass Amherst SPHHS Facebook page to view photos from the ceremony for kinesiology and nutrition majors, and communication disorders and public health sciences majors.

Additional reporting, photo galleries, and video of the Graduate and Undergraduate Commencements can be viewed online at the University’s Commencement webpage.