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The Johns Hopkins University Commencement, marking the close of the 145th academic year, is scheduled for Thursday, May 27, 2021. Based on current public health guidance and state and local regulations, we are planning for a virtual ceremony. However, with cautious optimism that the situation will improve, we are also preparing for the possibility that we will be able to hold some part of the Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony in person. Should conditions permit, we hope to hold the ceremony at the Royal Farms Arena with undergraduate seniors only in person, and family, friends, guests and graduate degree candidates of the Class of 2021 invited to join via livestream. Graduate degree candidates will receive information about their 2021 individual school ceremonies in the coming weeks.

In the event we are able to hold an in-person universitywide ceremony at Royal Farms Arena, 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.

Senior Class Leaders and the JHU Commencement Office are working together to ensure that this momentous occasion will be memorable, and recognize your outstanding achievements. Whether it is virtual or a seniors-only in-person event, we are committed to creating a fun and engaging ceremony and look forward to soliciting your ideas and feedback on what would be most meaningful for you.

More information will be provided in the coming weeks. Please continue to check this page for updates.


Last updated February 1, 2021