With our community’s safety as our highest priority, we have made the difficult decision to conduct our universitywide Commencement exercises virtually. We recognize that this change will disappoint many who looked forward to the opportunity to celebrate with family, loved ones and friends, and we remain committed to commemorating this milestone in our graduates’ lives. More details about the virtual ceremonies and other events for our graduates will be shared on this page in the coming days.

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A Message from the JHU Commencement Office to Seniors and Families

Dear Members, Families, and Friends of the Class of 2020,

We understand how disappointing it is that we will not be able to hold an in-person Commencement ceremony this spring and want to reassure you that the Senior Class Council and the Commencement team are in touch about planning future events for Commencement and related activities. First and foremost, President Daniels and university leadership are committed to working with the Class of 2020 to develop plans for a meaningful celebration of the Class of 2020’s remarkable achievements. In the coming days, we will be collaborating with students to put together a platform–something like an Idea Lab challenge–so seniors may have their ideas heard. This input will be used to shape the celebrations–from the virtual ceremony this May to Senior Week(end) activities during Young Alumni Weekend in fall 2020 to when the Class of 2020 would like their in-person “Redo” Commencement Ceremony.

While the virtual ceremony this May needs to happen so our students can have their degrees conferred and be prepared to start jobs and graduate school programs, the Commencement team will be working with students to make it uniquely the Class of 2020’s. Please know that the Commencement Office also has reserved May 27, 2021 for a separate Class of 2020 ceremony for those who want to put a date on the calendar now, but we have heard that many seniors would like an earlier date (next fall) and will be working with students on making that happen as well.

We truly know how important Commencement is, not just for our seniors, but for all of their families, loved ones, and friends, as well as their professors and the entire Johns Hopkins community. We all want to do everything we can to make sure it is special. Please stay tuned for more information. If you have immediate questions, you can email Commencement@jhu.edu.

Stay safe, and we will stay in touch.

Last updated March 26, 2020