2017 Commencement and Reunion Weekend
On behalf of the School of Professional Studies and Brown University, I am very pleased to welcome graduating students, alumni, family, and friends to Providence for Brown's Commencement and Reunion Weekend 2017. Together, we will celebrate the most recent graduates from the IE Brown Executive MBA and the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership programs.
There is much to be learned, explored, and discovered throughout the weekend, so welcome, enjoy, and congratulations!
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Dean, School of Professional Studies
Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28, 2017
The events included in this schedule are of particular interest to the students, alumni and guests of the School of Professional Studies (SPS). There are hundreds of events that occur throughout the weekend. You may find comprehensive Commencement details here and comprehensive Reunion details here.
- If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Graduate degree alumni attending reunion are not required to “register” through the Reunion Registration site, nor are items such as on-campus housing (dorms) available to graduate alumni. However, some events, such as Campus Dance, require a purchased ticket that can be obtained in advance (see Friday, 9:00pm entry below).
- Brown’s campus extends from SPS up to College Hill and beyond. Here’s a helpful campus map to orient you (note, SPS is located at 200 Dyer Street).
- Parking infromation is available on the Reunion site.
Friday, May 26, 2017
School of Professional Studies Welcome Reception
Join the School of Professional Studies in celebrating the 2017 graduates of the IE Brown Executive MBA and the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership programs. Friends and family of the graduates and alumni are welcome as well as those curious to learn more about these rigorous and dynamic programs. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
To request an invitation for this event, contact Executiveprograms@brown.edu, though walk-ins are welcome.
Manning Walk Tent, between Thayer and Brook Streets and Waterman and George Streets
Campus Dance [Ticket Required]
One of Brown's best-loved Commencement and Reunion traditions, Campus Dance brings together more than 11,000 people to dance under the stars. The College Green is transformed into an outdoor ballroom with a giant dance floor with guests dancing to the Duke Belaire Orchestra. Meet your classmates at the two School of Professional Studies tables reserved at the dance.
The Campus Dance online box office is open April 15th. Day of purchase is available though advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
Main Green, College Hill
Brown University President's Welcome
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from President Christina Paxson. Enjoy coffee and conversation with the president's Cabinet and other campus administrators.
Forum: Politics, Patients & Price: The Ongoing Saga of US Healthcare Policy
The United States spends more than any other country on healthcare, yet the return on this investment is not reflected in our overall population health. Meanwhile, Congress and the White House continue to debate repealing or enhancing the Affordable Care Act. What could revision mean for patients and the broader American public? How might a new plan impact states? What are the potential impacts on health practitioners, and the delivery and quality of care? In this lively discussion, experts from Brown’s School of Public Health and the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program will try to untangle the state of healthcare in the US.
Terrie Fox Wetle, MS, PhD
Dean, School of Public Health
Ira B. Wilson, MD
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Professor of Medicine
Chair of Health Services, Policy and Practice
Peter Hollmann, MD, MSC
Academic Director of the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership
Chief Medical Officer, University Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor, Warren Alpert Medical School
Vincent Mor, PhD
Florence Pirce Grant University Professor
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice
Anya Radar Wallack, PhD
Acting Secretary for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services in Rhode Island
Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Room 130, 85 Waterman Street.
Pre-College and Summer@Brown Program Information Center
Drop by to learn about Brown's robust Pre-College programs for 7th – 12th graders. Staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding all of the offerings, including Summer@Brown (over 300 courses offered), Leadership Institute, STEM focused programs for middle school students, and location-based programs in Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Florida, Alaska, Georgia, and Rhode Island.
The College Green near the entrance to Sayles Hall (rain location: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Room 225, 75 Waterman Street)
School of Professional Studies Hospitality and Information Center
Drop by to learn about Brown's executive masters programs (IE Brown Executive MBA, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership, Executive Master in Cybersecurity and Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership). Visit with program administrators and ask questions about these graduate degree opportunities for mid-career professionals. All are welcome to say hello, relax and enjoy refreshments.
Graduate School Ceremony Rehearsal (optional event for executive master candidates)
This rehearsal is optional for executive master candidates. An invitation-only reception follows nearby. Invitations to the reception are sent to students from the Graduate School in early May, contact email@example.com with questions.
IE Brown Executive MBA Award Ceremony (a current IE Brown Executive MBA graduate activity)
The current graduating class of the IE Brown Executive MBA program and their guests are welcome to this program awards ceremony. Reception to follow.
The Commencement Procession
The walk through the Van Wickle Gates, one of Brown's oldest and greatest traditions, brings together the entire Brown community. The procession steps off promptly at 9:45 am from Waterman Street. Current graduates and thousands of alumni participate in the procession, energized by cheering along the route. Comfortable shoes are recommended and prepare for long periods of standing.
Location for line-up:
Graduates meet on Waterman Street near Faunce Arch, 85 Waterman Street.
Masters Diploma Ceremony (graduates)
The graduating classes of the IE Brown Executive MBA and the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership programs join all other Brown master's degree students in receiving their diplomas at a ceremony under the Graduate School tent on Pembroke Field. All are welcome. Seating under the tent may be limited.
Pembroke Field Tent, between Brook and Hope Streets
Executive Master's Programs' Closing Celebration
Come enjoy light fare and a final farewell before the weekend comes to a close.