A Message on Commencement from Dean Diez Roux

Dear Class of 2020:

You have worked so hard and achieved so much. You are entering public health at an unprecedented time: a time when the importance of the training you have obtained is more visible and urgent than ever before. We are confident that you have much to contribute to the current public health crisis we are facing, but also to the ongoing public health problems that existed before COVID-19 and will continue into the future.

We hope that you will remain connected to one another and engage with the School around our current COVID-19 activities. In the meantime, your faculty and professional staff are here to support you and we encourage you to reach out. Additionally, we are sharing the following career resources & services to assist you with the next steps in your career.

As you learned last week in a message from President Fry, Drexel has postponed graduation ceremonies planned for June 2020. Although there is no replacement for the tradition and ceremony of graduation, we hope to celebrate your achievements in-person, when it is safe to do so.  As the University considers rescheduling the University-wide commencement later in the year, we will provide details as soon as possible.

We are so proud to welcome such a strong and resilient group of graduates to our public health alumni community.

Stay safe and healthy, be ambassadors for the public health approach to this crisis and beyond, and please, stay in touch.

Sincerely,




Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH
Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology

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