Celebrating Pitt Public Health graduates in a historic year

The 2023 University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health graduation ceremony was the school’s highest attended in recent history – both in person and through livestream. 

It was also the first combined event with both teaching and student awards, noting the 75th anniversary of the school’s founding. 

Nearly 1,000 students, faculty, family and friends gathered to celebrate approximately 300 School of Public Health graduates at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Saturday, April 29. In addition to entertainment from a local jazz band, highlights of the event included:

  • Welcome and closing remarks from School of Public Health Dean Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH
  • MPH Human Genetics student Karman Reynolds rendition of the National Anthem
  • An address to the graduates from Chris Elias, MD, MPH, president of the Global Development Division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (Dr. Elias also received an honorary degree from the University of Pittsburgh at the ceremony.)
  • Remarks from Pitt’s Senior Vice Chancellor of the Health Sciences, Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD
  • MPH Epidemiology graduate Pooja Tallapaneni’s address to the graduating class
  • Presentation of teaching awards by Danielle Nahas, president of the Student Government Association, to Ryan Minster, PhD, Department of Human Genetics (The James L. Craig Excellence in Education Award) and Ada Youk, PhD, Department of Biostatistics (The Bernard D. Goldstein Undergraduate Public Health Teaching Award).

In case you missed the event, view the livestream recording.