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A group of Dornsife students pose at the 2023 end-of-year event

Commencement 2024

Commencement is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health graduates, who enter a world with much need for their skills, creativity, and commitment to creating healthier, fairer, and more just communities. Because public health can't wait.

The Drexel community is looking forward to celebrating the Class of 2024!

The Dornsife School of Public Health commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 13th at 1:00 pm ET at the beautiful Academy of Music in downtown Philadelphia.

Drexel's University-wide commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, June 14th at 5:00 pm ET at Citizens Bank Park.

Both ceremonies will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person.

For more details visit the Drexel Commencement website.

About Our Keynote Speaker for Dornsife Commencement

Drexel Dornsife's 2024 commencement speaker is Frank A. Franklin, PhD, JD, MPH, Interim Health Commissioner for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

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Dornsife commencement speaker Frank A. Franklin, PhD, JD, MPH

Dr. Frank Franklin trained in Injury Epidemiology and Injury Prevention at The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Center for Injury Research and Policy, where he received his Ph.D. He received an MPH from the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Franklin has post-graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, the University of Michigan, the David Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Franklin also holds a Juris Doctor from Drexel University, Kline School of Law.

His research and practice interests include injury and violent crime, forensic epidemiology, and medicolegal investigations. Dr. Franklin is currently the Interim Health Commissioner and previously served as Deputy Health Commissioner for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health; was a former member of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and currently serves as a member of the International Advisory Council of Monell Chemical Senses Center and the Health Innovation Council at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Franklin is also a Fellow of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Commencement 2023

The Dornsife School of Public Health ceremony was on held Thursday, June 15, 2023, at the Academy of Music. Congratulations to our #foreverdragons!

Watch the ceremony:

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Dornsife's 2023 commencement speaker Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH

Dornsife's 2023 commencement speaker was Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH, Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

The University-wide Commencement ceremony at the Phillies' Citizen's Bank Park was on Friday, June 16. Globally acclaimed Philadelphia Orchestra Music and Artistic Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin addressed graduates.

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View 2023 End of Year Celebration Photos

Commencement 2022

Drexel's university-wide Commencement ceremony was held at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, June 9, 2022. The keynote speaker was Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, an educator, author, civil rights advocate, mathematician, and president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The Dornsife School of Public Health held its own ceremony for our Class of 2022 on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in the Drexel Recreation Center Gym at 3301 Market Street.

Watch the ceremony:

The Class of 2022 consisted of 19 undergraduate students, 189 master’s students, and 11 doctoral students!

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Commencement speaker Saleem Chapman

"Congratulations for all you have accomplished during this truly unprecedented time," said Dean Ana Diez Roux to graduates.

"The intersecting crises—the pandemic; historical, pervasive, and persistent racial injustice; climate change; gun violence; and war (sadly now as well)—have cracked the door open just enough for us to glimpse a world of new possibilities. A world where things could be organized differently, where we as humans could leverage all of our potential together to create, enjoy, and live our lives to fulfillment. The door is open just a crack, so stick your foot in it and don't let it close."

Dornsife's commencement speaker was Saleem Chapman, MPA, who became Philadelphia’s inaugural chief resilience officer in September 2020. Chapman spoke about advancing equity amidst climate change.

Visit Drexel Dornsife's graduation playlist on YouTube for past commencement videos.