Commencement and Reunion Weekend

A celebratory weekend of events for Brown graduates and alumni.

Commencement 2024 was held over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 2024.

Friday, May 24

Public Health Community Celebration

Friday, May 24, 2024 | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
List Art Center Lawn | 64 College Street

Happy Graduates

Raise a glass to the class of 2024! Hear from our student award winners and acknowledge their achievements. Alumni, students, faculty and staff kicked off Commencement Weekend festivities with the School of Public Health.

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Graduate Student Council Champagne Toast

Friday, May 24 | 7:00 p.m.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), 20 Washington Place

The Graduate Student Council invited 2024 graduates and the greater Graduate School community to celebrate the graduates' accomplishments. Hors d’oeuvres, champagne and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages were served.

Campus Dance

Friday, May 24 | 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
College Green and Ruth Simmons Quadrangle

campus dance

The School of Public Health had our own table at Campus Dance where alumni, students, families, faculty and staff floated between the College Green and Simmons Quad, dancing the night away under paper lanterns lighting the skies.

Saturday, May 25

Public Health Commencement Forum

Saturday, May 25 | 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
List Art Center | 64 College Street | Room 120

speakers smiling to camera

Action, Collaboration, Engagement: Solving the opioid public health crisis 

In 2023 more than 112,000 people died of drug overdose in the US alone. Solving this major public health crisis requires action, collaboration, and an engaged community. Join us for a solutions-oriented conversation moderated by Dean Jha with experts representing policy, people and communities, and medicine.


  • Dennis Bailer, Overdose Prevention Program Director, Project Weber / RENEW 
  • Francesca Beaudoin, M.D., Ph.D., Academic Dean, Brown School of Public Health
  • Tom Coderre, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 
  • Moderated by Ashish K. Jha, M.D., MPH, Dean, Brown School of Public Health

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Biostatistics Commencement Reception

Biostatistics chair Joseph Hogan welcomed graduates and their families and friends to a special year-end catered reception. Students, staff and faculty from the Department of Biostatistics joined in the fun on Saturday morning.

Sunday, May 26

School of Public Health Ceremony

Sunday, May 26, Ruth Simmons Quadrangle, behind Sayles Hall
Estimated start 2:30 p.m. (following the University Ceremony)

graduating students

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

  • Graduating undergraduate public health concentrators were called individually to receive their diploma covers at this ceremony.
  • Graduating graduate students were recognized at the University’s Master’s and Doctoral Ceremonies. They were called to the stage and acknowledged at this ceremony.
  • The ceremony was livestreamed.
  • University Commencement and Reunion Weekend information
  • Commencement FAQ

Ceremony details

Commencement messages

Students share their gratitude, advice and memories for Commencement 2024.