Special Report: 2016 Commencement
By UM News

Special Report: 2016 Commencement
By UM News
The University of Miami held its spring commencement exercises May 5-7 at the BankUnited Center on the Coral Gables campus.

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Commencement Highlights

Commencement Speakers Advise Miller School Graduates to Follow Their Passion to Serve

May 7, 2016: University of Miami President Julio Frenk clearly recalls the day he chose a career in medicine. Speaking to the Miller School of Medicine’s Class of 2016 at the May 7 commencement ceremony at the BankUnited Center, Frenk said he originally considered becoming an anthropologist. | Read More

Nobel Laureate Urges Graduates to Change the World

May 6, 2016: Oscar Arias, former president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, told students at Friday's commencement that "the world is depending on you" to make a difference. | Read More

‘No Truck with Trump’

May 5, 2016: Honorary degree recipient Jorge Castañeda urges graduates to help debunk Donald Trump's message. | Read More

Lavender Graduation Celebrates Students Across the Spectrum

May 4, 2016: The University's Lavender Celebration recognized the accomplishments of LGBTQ students and the strides the U has made to create a safe, inclusive campus . | Read More

Illustrious Commencement Speakers Bring Global Views

April 29, 2016: Four international luminaries will be among the distinguished speakers at the University of Miami’s commencement exercises May 5-7, when more than 3,500 graduates walk the stage at the BankUnited Center. | Read More

Building Tradition: Making the Presidential Chair

April 22, 2016: Known as a cathedra, the chair is a traditional symbol of the seat of learning and will take its place on the commencement stage as a new symbol of the Office of the President. | Read More


Commencement Speakers

Jorge G. Castañeda, political scientist and former foreign minister of Mexico.
Text of speech (as prepared for delivery) | Video of speech

Oscar Arias, Nobel laureate and former president of Costa Rica.
Text of speech (as prepared for delivery) | Video of speech

Stephen Lewis, Canadian co-founder of AIDS-Free World and former UN diplomat.
Video of speech

Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times.
Text of speech (as prepared for delivery)

Julio Frenk, president of the University of Miami
Text of speech (as prepared for delivery) | Video of speech

Dennis Scholl, documentary filmmaker, art collector, philanthropist, and a 1981 alumnus of the School of Law.
Video of speech


Commencement Photos


Student Profiles

  • Stephen Bashore
    Stephen Bashore
  • Ryan Champiny
    Ryan Champiny
  • Adolfo Gonzalez
    Adolfo Gonzalez
  • Crystal Jackson
    Crystal Jackson
  • Sarah Larson
    Sarah Larson
  • Josh Marzano
    Josh Marzano
  • Amanda Preston
    Amanda Preston
  • Renee Reneau
    Renee Reneau
  • Leonardo Valle
    Leonardo Valle
  • Stephanie Wagner
    Stephanie Wagner

Strong Job Prospects for 2016 Graduates Even Better for Those Skilled at Self-Promotion

Graduating Student Outcomes

Employers hope to hire 5.2 percent more new graduates from the Class of 2016 than over the previous year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and graduates who have positioned themselves as a brand and made wide use of social media websites, internships, and the benefits of career centers, such as the University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center, stand a better chance of finding a job. | Read More


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