On December 4, 2020, the School of Community Health Sciences (CHS) at the University of Nevada, Reno celebrated three semesters (spring, summer, fall) of public health graduates. The spring graduation ceremony was postponed due to COVID restrictions and students were promised a proper Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (Ph.D.) and Master of Public Health (MPH) Hooding Ceremony in the fall. The cancellation of the spring ceremony was especially disappointing since the first Ph.D. class in Public Health was graduating along with several MPH students.
As the year progressed, it appeared large gathering restrictions were not going away any time soon. As such, the School decided to formalize the ceremony virtually through Zoom. Dr. Trudy Larson, Founding Dean, of the Community Health Sciences wanted a celebration as close to the real thing as possible. Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Kevin Carman showed up in full regalia along with all of CHS academic faculty and delivered an inspiring keynote speech. Michael Johnson of Michael Johnson Consulting was awarded the Worden Award for outstanding public health leadership. Lauran Evans, MD, MPH, and Kelly Summers, MPH were also given the prestigious Dr. Sandra A. Daugherty Award for exceptional community engagement. Scholar awards were awarded along with Graduate Dean's Merit Scholars and Delta Phi Honorary Society in Public Health inductees.
It was an honor to celebrate four Ph.D. students in Public Health: Dr. Taylor Lensch and Dr. Larissa L. White in Epidemiology and Dr. Kathrine E. Wright and Dr. Xiangjun Zhang in Social and Behavioral Health. Fifty-three MPH students in Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Health, and Health Administration and Policy were also celebrated.
The celebration ended with a fun video created by students singing along with the alma mater. Dr. Mel Minarik closed the ceremony with an inspiring speech wishing the graduating class of 2020 well as they enter the next phase of their careers in public health.
Congratulations to the CHS graduates of 2020!
00:30:43 Kimberly McAliley: Congratulations Michael!!!
00:30:50 Terra Hamblin, ATTC: Congratulations Mike!
00:30:59 Samantha Tostenson: Congratulations!
00:31:02 Dr. Mel Minarik: Amazing work Mike!
00:33:12 Kimberly McAliley: Congratulations Lauran and Kelly!!!
00:33:37 Sherronda: Congratulations!!
00:33:42 Julie Lucero: Congratulations Lauren and Kelly!
00:33:48 Amanda DiGoregorio: Congratulations!
00:34:13 Natasha Espinosa: congratulations everyone!!!
00:34:32 larafalkenstein: Congrats everyone!
00:34:35 Kimberly McAliley: Congratulations Chandi, Victoria, Eric, Amanda, Lauran, and Dillon!!!!!
00:34:37 Elizabeth Fuller: Yeah Amanda Leigh! :-) So proud of you!
00:34:38 Samantha Tostenson: Congratulations!!
00:34:40 Jillian Szewczak: Congratulations!
00:34:43 Kevin: congrats everybody 👏
00:34:57 Ang C.: congratulations Amanda and everyone
00:35:03 Amanda DiGoregorio: Congrats everyone! Thank you
00:35:05 Julie Lucero: Woot-woot, great job Laura!
00:35:08 chand: Congrats everyone!
00:35:09 Kimberly McAliley: Thank you!
00:35:14 Cyndi Baker, LCSW: Woo! Hoo! congratulations Amanda!
00:35:18 Jillian Szewczak: Congratulations, Laura!
00:35:20 Jennifer Carson: Congratulations, Laura! So well deserved!
00:35:21 Samantha Tostenson: Congratulations Laura and Taylor
00:35:32 Trudy Larson: WEll done graduates!
00:35:33 Julie Lucero: Congratulations Taylor!
00:35:42 Jillian Szewczak: Congratulations Taylor!
00:35:42 Dr. Mel Minarik: yeah Taylor!!!!!
00:35:42 Joshua Garn: Nice Taylor!
00:35:55 Victoria Burris: thank you everyone, congrats all!!
00:35:58 Taylor Lensch: Thanks everyone!
00:36:39 Samantha Tostenson: Grats
00:36:50 Xiangjun Zhang: Thank you all!
00:44:14 Amanda DiGoregorio: Congratulations UNR!
00:45:41 Laura Johnson: Wowowow! Congrats to Taylor, Jun, Kathrine, and Larissa! :)
00:46:01 Larissa White: Wooooo!!!!!!
00:46:11 heather: Ahhhhh!! WooWoo!!
00:46:12 Taylor Lensch: Thank you!
00:46:17 Natasha Espinosa: congratulations!
00:46:32 Kathrine Wright: Thank you! :)
00:46:36 Elizabeth Fuller: Congrats to the 4 of you on earning your PHD
00:46:38 Laura Johnson: You guys paved the way for all us PhD students!!
00:47:02 Xiangjun Zhang: Thank you!
00:47:15 heather: Ahhhh!!!!!!!!
00:47:23 heather: THATS MY BESTIE!!!
00:47:26 Joshua Garn: Congrats Larissa!
00:47:37 Kathrine Wright: Congrats, everyone!
00:47:49 Larissa White: Thank you and congrats everyone!
00:47:56 dwsur: Yeah Larissa!!!!!!!!
00:49:03 Eric Crosbie: Congratulations Daniel!!! :)
00:49:23 Eric Crosbie: Congratulations Garrett!!! :)
00:52:02 Larissa White: Go Lea!!!!
00:52:47 Larissa White: Way to go Torey!!!
00:52:49 Kathrine Wright: Go Lea!!
00:53:51 Joshua Garn: Way to go Torey and Winter!
00:53:55 James Na: congrats Kerry!!!
00:54:50 Avery Ruvalcaba: Congratulations Shayla B!
00:54:56 Amanda DiGoregorio: Congrats Shayla!
00:55:06 Amanda DiGoregorio: CONGRATS VICTORIA!!!!!!!!!!
00:55:12 James Na: congrats Victoria
00:55:15 Lara Falkenstein: Congrats Victoria
00:55:16 Natasha Espinosa: congrats Victoria!!!
00:55:23 Linda Barbara: Big craangrats Shayla B.
00:55:29 Kimmie F.: CONGRATULATIONS SHAY!! SO PROUD OF YOU
00:55:40 Joanne’s iPhone: Way to go, Shayla! So proud of you!❤️❤️
00:55:40 Sherronda: Congrats Shayla!
00:55:44 chand: Congrats Victorie
00:58:11 Amanda DiGoregorio: CONGRATS CHANDI!!!
00:58:24 Victoria Burris: Congrats all!!
00:58:26 James: congrats chandi!!!
00:59:06 James: congrats Analicia!!!
00:59:40 Amanda DiGoregorio: Congrats Natasha!
00:59:45 James: congrats Alexandra!!!
00:59:45 chand: Congrats Natasha!
01:00:03 Ingrid Mburia: Congratulations Chandi, Journee, Garima, Analicia, Natasha, Alexandra and Bryan!
01:00:05 James: woohoo GO BRYAN!!!!!
01:00:47 chand: Congrats Sam and Crystal!
01:01:11 James: GO Amanda!!!!
01:01:12 chand: Yay Amanda...congrats!
01:01:18 Natasha Espinosa: Thanks everyone!!!! Congrats to everyone! We did it!
01:01:20 Ang C.: yaaaayyy. Amanda.
01:01:28 nicole: Go Amanda!!!!! We're so proud!
01:01:38 melissa m: congrats Amanda we love u 😘
01:01:48 Cyndi Baker, LCSW: Congratulations Amanda!
01:01:54 chand: Congrats Jared!
01:02:09 Isabel Phu: Congratulations to all Graduates!
01:02:27 Isabel Phu: Congratulations Tatiana Phu...We love you.
01:03:05 Kimberly McAliley: Congratulations to all the graduates. Such dedication and hard work. You did it!!!
01:03:25 chand: Congrats Alexa!
01:03:42 Shauna Anderson: CONGRATS SHAY BOOGIE..WE LOVE YOU
01:03:44 Cini: Woooo HOOOOOOOO GO Sherronda!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!!!! You did it BIH!!!!! Can't tell you nothing!!!! ((applause)) ((applause)) ((applause))
01:03:53 Xica Andrews: Sherronda!!!! You DID THAT!!! Congratulations!!! Whoooodeewhoooooo!!! Let’s put some respect on your name!!!! Sherronda. Shatay. Anderson. MPH!!!
01:04:01 Janine: YEAY SHERRONDA!!!!
01:04:05 James: congrats Shilpa!!!!
01:04:08 chand: Congrats Shilpa!
01:04:12 Larnice Herriott: Congratulation Sherronda We are so proud of you Love you
01:04:29 Nichole Ridgeway: SHERRONDA!!! You did it, babe!! So proud of you. The world needs you!
01:04:29 Danesha A: Woot!! Woot! Congrats Sherronda. You did it sissy!!
01:04:44 Natasha Espinosa: Yaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy! Kenzi!
01:04:46 Tricia: congrats bestie! so proud of you ❤
01:05:04 Cindy Abramson: congrats Mackenzie, so proud of you!!!!!
01:05:06 chand: congrats Alisha!
01:05:39 James: congratulations Lara
01:05:51 James: congratulations Heather!!!
01:05:58 James: woohoo GO Tati!!!!
01:06:01 Natasha Espinosa: Yay Tati!
01:06:01 SHILPA JOSHI: Congrats Heather
01:06:03 chand: congrats Tati!!
01:06:07 Lara Falkenstein: Congrats Tati
01:06:28 Isabel Phu: CONGRATULATIONS TATIANA..LOVE U!
01:06:31 Maggi Wright: Congrats Lara and everyone!
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01:08:25 chand: Congrats everyone!!
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01:09:04 Melodie Gander: Congratulations all!!
01:09:13 Leslie Elliott: Congratulations to all our graduates!!!
01:09:28 Kimberly McAliley: Woot woot!!
01:09:32 lynnshort: CONGRATULATIONS!!
01:09:39 Natasha Espinosa: woooo hooooo!!!!!
01:09:40 Michelle Granner: Congratulations graduates!!!
01:11:21 Julie Lucero: Congratulations graduates, what an incredible accomplishment!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work.
01:16:01 kristen clements: Congratulations graduates! Please stay in touch with us. We cannot wait to witness the great work you will do!
01:16:09 Ingrid Mburia: Congratulations to all the graduates! You did it!
01:16:25 Jillian Szewczak: Congratulations graduates!!!
01:16:26 James: congrats everyone!!!
01:16:30 Amanda DiGoregorio: Thank you, Professors!
01:16:36 Sherronda: Congratulations everyone!!!!!
01:16:36 Melanie Flores: Congratulations graduates of 2020!!!!!
01:16:36 Sung-Yeon Park: Congrats to all faculty and graduates!
01:16:41 Natasha Espinosa: OMG Yaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!! Congrats everyone!!!
01:16:50 Dr. Mel Minarik: go Pack!
01:16:50 Leslie Elliott: You did it!
01:16:51 Victoria Burris: Congrats everyone! Thank you to all faculty!!
01:16:56 Shayla Bannert: Congratulations everyone!!
01:16:58 Leslie Elliott: Extra time!?
01:16:59 Dr. Mel Minarik: We are so proud of you!
01:17:01 Joshua Garn: Congrats all!
01:17:09 Shayla Bannert: Thank you to all of the faculty who helped us get here!