Special Report: 2019 Commencement

By UM News

Special Report: 2019 Commencement

By UM News
Commencement ceremonies will take place at the Watsco Center on the Coral Gables campus over three days, on May 9 to May 11, with new graduates participating in seven events.

Commencement Information

Commencement Highlights

May 11, 2019: Miller School celebrates CommencementThe students, the 64th class to graduate from the Miller School, followed University leadership and faculty in a procession to the auditorium at the Watsco Center, met by the cheers and whistles of family and friends.

May 10, 2019: Commencement 2019: 'Teach Us, Then' - Thousands of University of Miami students crossed the stage at the Watsco Center Friday in three Commencement ceremonies, during which speakers told them to seek success, facilitate positive change, and teach the rest of us along the way.

May 10, 2019: Teach Us, Then - Watch video of the poem delivered by poet Richard Blanco at the first undergraduate Commencement ceremony.

May 10, 2019: Graduates take their next step in styleFor graduates, commencement ceremonies are not only a symbol of new beginnings, but an opportunity to set themselves apart through fashion.

May 9, 2019: Graduate students eye future success - More than 1,300 graduate students participated in two Commencement ceremonies Thursday at the Watsco Center. “UM and Miami have definitely opened my eyes to a larger world than I could have experienced in Michigan,” said Tia Georgette Wong, who graduated with a master’s degree in industrial engineering. “This place gave me a lot of opportunities and great exposure.”

May 9, 2019: Senior Mwambo: An empowering rite of passage - An annual pre-commencement celebration, Senior Mwambo honors black and brown students for their academic and civic achievements. Senior Obianeze “Obi” Okolo received the celebration’s top award at Thursday’s event.

May 8, 2019: Lavender Celebration: Celebrating graduating students with pride - The fifth annual Lavender Celebration recognizes the accomplishments of graduating LGBTQ+ students and the safe and inclusive spaces they helped create.

April 29, 2019: Advice for the agesSeven luminaries from fields as diverse as medicine and poetry will share their wisdom with the Class of 2019 in May commencement exercises. Learn about the speakers.


Student Profiles

Sanjana Palla – who speaks five languages
Miami Law Women president will deliver student speech at 2019 Commencement

Sanjana Palla – who speaks five languages – is graduating from the University of Miami School of Law with a concentration in the business of innovation, law, and technology.

Alina and Kristina Hudak at the Newman Alumni Center
As Mother’s Day approaches, a mother-daughter bond grows

Senior Kristina Hudak will watch her mother, Alina Hudak, the deputy mayor of Miami-Dade County, deliver the alumni speaker remarks during her commencement ceremony on Friday.

Pianist Joseph Chica and his guide dog, Gunner
Finding his groove at the piano—and on the financial stage

Graduating senior Joseph Chica is passionate about his piano playing, and looking to the financial world for his career. The Miami native, who was born nearly blind, said: “I’ve never really told myself that there is something I can’t do.”

Destiny James
Graduating student ‘Drake-ful’ for opportunities

Destiny James, who appeared with rapper Drake when he filmed his “God’s Plan” music video on campus, recounts the life-changing obstacles she climbed to find her vocation at the University of Miami.

Dannit Cohen Saporta
Overcoming obstacles to succeed

As political unrest continues in Venezuela, several University of Miami students from the South American country, including Dannit Saporta, received financial grants to help them graduate.