BUFFALO, N.Y. — Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will
speak at the 2014 commencement ceremony for the University at
Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions
The 12th annual SPHHP commencement will take place at 3 p.m. May
18 in the UB Center for the Arts on the North (Amherst) Campus.
The event is not open to the public as seating for the event is
reserved for graduating students, family and friends.
A Buffalo native and graduate of Canisius High School, Perez
will address more than 200 graduates.
“We are honored to have Secretary Perez return to Buffalo
to participate in our commencement,” said Dean Lynn
Kozlowski, PhD. “Poverty undermines public health. Because of
his understanding of labor, Secretary Perez knows that it is
fundamental to public health that we have an economy that helps to
provide meaningful jobs."
As secretary of labor, Perez heads the U.S. Department of Labor,
whose mission is “to foster, promote and develop the welfare
of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States;
improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable
employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.”
Before being sworn in as the country’s 26th labor
secretary on July 23, 2013, Perez was the assistant attorney
general for the Division of Civil Rights of the Department of
Justice. For his complete biography, visit http://www.dol.gov/_sec/.
The UB School of Public Health and Health Professions offers
baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degree-level programs
and is the home to five departments: Biostatistics, Exercise and
Nutrition Sciences, Community Health and Health Behavior,
Rehabilitation Science, and Epidemiology and Environmental Health.
It is one of only a handful of schools across the country that
includes health-related professions as an integral component of the
public health educational and research system. The school is
located on Kimball Tower on the UB South Campus.
For more information about the school, visit www.sphhp.buffalo.edu.