Special Report: 2017 Commencement

By UM News

Special Report: 2017 Commencement

By UM News
The University of Miami welcomed nearly 3,800 new graduates into the UM alumni family during six ceremonies at the Watsco Center this week.

Commencement Links


Commencement Highlights

Lessons for the Class of 2017

May 12, 2017: Speakers urge UM’s graduating students to use their skills and talents to make a difference. | Read More

Education Key to Making a Difference

May 11, 2017: Thursday’s graduate degree ceremony was the largest in UM history. | Read More

Miller School Celebrates Spectacular Commencement

May 10, 2017: “Congratulations, Doctors!” University of Miami President Julio Frenk called out as the 196 graduating members of the Miller School of Medicine Class of 2017 marched to the stage Wednesday night to be hooded by their teachers and mentors, receive their diplomas, and exult in the cheers and applause of their family and friends. | Read More

Sharing Advice on Bettering Our World

May 1, 2017: The University of Miami will hold its spring commencement exercises May 10-12 at the Watsco Center on the Coral Gables campus. | Read More


Commencement Photos


Commencement Speakers

Honorary Degree Recipients

Sir Michael Marmot at the Miller School of Medicine ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10
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Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen at the Graduate School ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11
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Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and chancellor of the University of Dublin, at the School of Law ceremony at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 11
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Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian prime minister and former director-general of the World Health Organization, at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony on Friday, May 12, for the College of Arts and Sciences
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Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, at the 1 p.m. ceremony on Friday, May 12, for the School of Architecture, School of Communication, School of Education and Human Development, Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, and School of Nursing and Health Studies
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Gustavo A. Cisneros, chairman of Cisneros, for the 5 p.m. ceremony at on Friday, May 12, for the School of Business Administration and College of Engineering
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Student Speakers

Shida Haghighat, at the Miller School of Medicine ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10
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Linet Suarez, at the School of Law ceremony at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 11
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Jacob Rudolph, at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony on Friday, May 12, for the College of Arts and Sciences
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Natalie Diala, at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony on Friday, May 12, for the College of Arts and Sciences
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Kierin Sachin Mukerjee, for the 5 p.m. ceremony at on Friday, May 12, for the School of Business Administration
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Student Profiles

  • Nicolas Delgado Alcega
    Nicolas Delgado Alcega
  • Natalie Diala
    Natalie Diala
  • Roberto Efrain Diaz
    Roberto Efrain Diaz
  • Reed McDonough
    Reed McDonough
  • Kierin Mukerjee
    Kierin Mukerjee
  • Danny New
    Danny New
  • Vikesh Patel
    Vikesh Patel
  • Jeremy Penn
    Jeremy Penn
  • Jeffrey Mark Pierce
    Jeffrey Mark Pierce
  • Md Monzur Rabbi
    Md Monzur Rabbi
  • Oliver Redsten
    Oliver Redsten
  • Jacob Rudolph
    Jacob Rudolph
  • A.J. Skiera
    A.J. Skiera
  • Krystine Smith
    Krystine Smith
  • Sarah Tricarico
    Sarah Tricarico
  • Riva Trivedi
    Riva Trivedi
  • Adam White
    Adam White
  • Alina Zerpa
    Alina Zerpa

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