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Johns Hopkins University plans to hold the universitywide Commencement in-person for undergraduate seniors at Homewood Field on Thursday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Should weather prohibit the Thursday evening ceremony, the rain date is scheduled for Friday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Family, friends, guests, and graduate degree candidates of the Class of 2021 are invited to join via livestream. So that we may provide the safest experience for the participating graduates, we ask that family and friends not come to campus for the event.

To ensure the safety of our graduates, and in accordance with University COVID-19 protocols, masks will be required, seats will be assigned to ensure graduates are physically distanced during the ceremony, and, instead of lining up to cross the stage, graduates will be recognized from their seats during the event.

Although plans may need to change based on public health guidance and state and local regulations, we are optimistic!  Please continue to check this page, Facebook, and Instagram for more information.

Additional details, on how graduates, families, friends, faculty and staff can be part of this important day can be found below:

Undergraduates of the Class of 2021, be a part of Commencement, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Share your JHU Memories and Lend your Voice

Send in pictures and videos to be shown during Commencement. We also want to include as many voices from the Class of 2021 as possible. So please take a moment to record answers to a few questions.

2.  RSVP via MarchingOrder

In order to participate in Commencement, regardless of the modality, you need to register. On MarchingOrder, you will be asked to:

  • Upload a photo to be included on your individual recognition slide. This is important since you will be recognized from your seat and will not be crossing the stage.
  • Register for attending a seniors-only in-person ceremony (fingers crossed).

3. Complete the Checklist 

Make sure you’re ready for the big day. We’ve put together an easy checklist for you.

Families and Friends of undergraduates of the Class of 2021, here’s how you too can be involved

1. Pass the Mortarboard

The Class of 2021 would like to honor you for your support in getting them to this day by asking that you virtually present their mortarboards (graduation caps) to them. Take a short video of you passing this symbol – plain, decorated, even homemade – to your special graduate. Submitted videos will be compiled and shown to your students and their fellow graduates during the ceremony.

2. Share your Memories

Send in pictures and videos taken during your graduates’ time at Johns Hopkins to be included in celebratory videos shown before, during, and after the ceremony.

3. Encourage your graduate to complete 1 – 3 above.

Faculty and staff, we want to hear from you too. 

2. Share your Memories

Send in pictures and videos taken of your time with graduates’ on campus to be included in celebratory videos shown before, during, and after the ceremony.

Deadline Extended: All content due by April 30th!


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Last updated April 21, 2021