Spring Commencement 2017

commencement with sebastian
Congratulations Graduating Class of 2017!

The University of Miami Alumni Association welcomed 3,800 new alumni to its base of over 178,000 alumni across the globe. Alumni returned to campus to serve as commencement speakers and alumni marshals for ceremonies that celebrated both undergraduate and graduate degrees. President of the University of Miami Alumni Association, Brenda Yester Baty, B.B.A. ’90, Lissette Gonzalez, B.A.M. ’01, John Elias Calles, A.B. ’89, J.D. ’92, and Gregory M. Cesarano, JD '76, Past President, University of Miami Alumni Association offered welcome remarks on behalf of the alumni association to graduates who will now embark on their new journeys, post UM. 

The Spring celebration of the 2017 Commencement ceremony took place May 10-12, featuring six extraordinary individuals as honorary degree recipients and speakers, sharing insight and inspiration with the newest UM graduates. The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine held the first ceremony, kicking off Spring commencement week.

In grand Hurricane tradition, the University of Miami Alumni Association hosted various events throughout the week to mark the achievements of the newest UM graduates including a Graduating Legacy Reception, Class Ring ceremony, a Graduating International Student Celebration, a Lavender Celebration for LGBTQA graduates, and other exciting U traditions.

UM Alumni Association Events

UM Ring Ceremony

University of Miami graduates celebrated their accomplishments in the annual Ring Ceremony on April 19th, a traditional gathering held by the UM Alumni Association at the Newman Alumni Center. Friends and family members joined their graduating ‘Canes to honor the significant achievements of their graduates and celebrate the history of UM’s alma mater. Learn more about this ‘Cane tradition

ring ceremony participants
UM Lavender Celebration 2017 

In a celebration of diversity, the University of Miami community hosted a Lavender Celebration to honor the 2017 graduates who are closely connected with the LGBTQ+ community, recognizing their leadership, achievements, and contributions to the campus community.

Lavender Ceremony Tassles
UM Graduating Legacy Reception 

The UM Alumni Association officially welcomed graduating legacies to the alumni family on May 10, 2017, at the Newman Alumni Center. Alumni parents and grandparents joined us to celebrate their graduating legacy student in a special ceremony that celebrates generations of 'Canes. See more photos

Lavender Ceremony Tassles
UM International Students Graduation Reception 

The UM Alumni Association welcomed graduating international students to the alumni family on May 11, 2017, at the Shalala Student Center. Parents and friends joined us to enjoy desserts and toast their achievements at the U! See more photos

International Celebration