Class of 2016

On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 18, 2016 graduates and their guests celebrated the close of the 140th academic year at the Johns Hopkins University Commencement ceremony at the Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore.


Download 2016 Program

Honorary Degree Recipients

Eight honorary degrees were conferred at the 2016 universitywide commencement ceremony. “The men and women in this group are visionaries who have challenged the status quo and changed the world for the better,” said Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels. You can read more about these distinguished men and women here.

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Richard Axel
  • Susan P. Baker
  • Ellen Moses Heller
  • Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee
  • Judith Rodin
  • Shale D. Stiller
  • Laurie S. Zabin
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Photo of graduates standing in front of seats with full stands in the background.
Commencement 2016

Johns Hopkins celebrates the Class of 2016

May 18, 2016

After 13 years at Homewood Field on campus the event moves to the Royal Farms Arena providing a weather proof environment for all to enjoy the ceremony.

Photo of President Daniels speaking into the microphone.
Commencement 2016

Daniels: ‘We are so very proud of you’

May 18, 2016

Video and full text of President Daniel’s remarks at JHU’s 2016 Commencement ceremony.

Commencement 2016

Lee: ‘Real life is no joke.’

May 18, 2016

Filmmaker Spike Lee addressed the Class of 2016 at Johns Hopkins University’s commencement.

Photo of five smiling graduates with a sea of graduats congregating behind them.
Commencement 2016

Dawod: ‘We’ve seen so much in our four years.’

May 18, 2016

Members of the Class of 2016 reflect on their time at Johns Hopkins

Class of 2016 Facts
Commencement Speaker
Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee, Film Director, Producer, Writer, and Actor
Honorary Degree Recipients
Number of Graduates

Undergraduate: 1,689
Master’s: 5,005
Doctoral: 660
Total Graduates: 7,354