A celebratory weekend of events for Brown graduates and alumni.

Commencement 2023 was held over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, 2023. A full schedule for the weekend along with highlights can be found below and at the University's Commencement website. Follow Commencement Weekend with #Brown2023.

Congratulations to the class of 2023

SPH Commencement Highlights

Public Health Community Celebration

Friday, May 26, 2023 | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Alumni, students, faculty, and staff were invited to kick off Commencement Weekend festivities with the School of Public Health. The 2023 SPH student and alumni award recipients were honored during a brief ceremony, followed by a celebratory reception!

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Public Health Commencement Forum

Saturday, May 27 | 11:00 a.m. - noon

Heightened Alert: Securing the world from the next public health catastrophe




As world leaders grapple with the end of the COVID pandemic, what is the next biological threat to humankind? The School of Public Health faculty have recently added international experts in biosecurity and pandemic preparedness who have worked at the highest levels of government. Please join us to discuss identifying risks and preventing the next biological disaster. Featuring:

  • Wilmot James Ph.D.
    Senior Advisor Pandemic Center and Professor of the Practice of Health Services, Policy, and Practice
  • Jennifer Nuzzo Ph.D.
    Director of the Pandemic Center, Professor of Epidemiology
  • Elizabeth (Beth) Cameron Ph.D.
    Senior Advisor Pandemic Center and Professor of the Practice of Health Services, Policy, and Practice
  • Introduction from Ronald Aubert Ph.D.
    Interim Dean, Brown University School of Public Health, and Professor of the Practice of Race and Ethnicity at the Brown University Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

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Pembroke Center Commencement Forum with Deputy Dean Megan Ranney

Saturday, May 27 | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Mental Health, Gun Violence, and America’s Distinct Problem


Sema Sgaier

The forum focused broadly on mental health and violence prevention, and explored the following questions: What steps can we take — in the medical profession and public health, in society, and as citizens — to prevent death by firearms and improve access to mental health resources, especially for historically underserved or marginalized populations? What role does gender play in mental health and approaches to treatment? How has the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated struggles with mental health?

  • Dr. Megan Ranney, M.D. MPH’10 RES’08
    Deputy Dean, School of Public Health
  • Sema Sgaier MA’99
    Co-Founder and Executive Director, Surgo Health

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School of Public Health Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 28, Ruth Simmons Quadrangle, behind Sayles Hall

Students with diploma

The Public Health Ceremony was held under the tent on the Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle (Lower Green), behind Sayles Hall.

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