The 2019 universitywide Commencement ceremony will take place at the Royal Farms Arena on Thursday, May 23. Candidate lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. Procession begins at 1:30 p.m.

Before Commencement Checklist

  • Apply to Graduate: Deadline for undergraduate registration is February 10th. Visit the Office of the Registrar’s website for more information.Photo of black undergraduate robe with gold piping.
  • Order your Cap and Gown: Be sure to purchase a cap and gown to participate in this year’s ceremony. Order online at Bachelor’s regalia will be shipped to your home for a $15.95 shipping and handling fee. The deadline to order your bachelor’s cap and gown is Saturday, April 13, 2019.
  • Attend Grad Fair to order your cap and gown, personalized announcements, and diploma frames. Grad Fair takes place on April 11 to 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble at St. Paul and 33rd Streets.

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    Logo of Senior Class Gift Campaign that reads "I 'Heart' Hopkins"

  • Have your Senior Portrait taken. GradImages® will be onsite taking portraits at the Grad Fair 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 11 to 13 at the Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble. More information about portraits can be found here.
  • Select a Diploma Frame (14″x 17″) at the Grad Fair, April 11 to 13 or order online at Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble.
  • Donate to the Senior Class Gift Campaign.
  • Photo of gold class ring that reads "The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore 1876," with the seal. Be part of the JHU Ring Tradition: You may order online at Balfour or 1-877-225-3687. At representative will be available during the Grad Fair April 12 to 14 to place an order for the class ring.
  • Customize and purchase your graduation announcements from CB Graduation Announcements.
  • Sign up for Senior Week activities.
  • Stay informed by following us on Instagram and Facebook and continue to visit the Commencement website for updates.
  • Reserve Hotel Rooms: Make sure parents and other special guests have a place to stay. Visit our Hotel page for a list of hotels offering special rates to JHU grads and their guests.
  • Return your library books and pay your parking tickets!

Day of Commencement Checklist

  • Arrive On Time: Candidates must be inside the Royal Farms Arena by 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, to begin lining up.
  • Keep Your Feet Happy: Wear comfortable footwear; you will be walking and standing for long periods of time.
  • Leave These Things at Home: Backpacks, food and drink are not permitted in the arena. Bags and purses larger than 13 5/8” x 15 1/4” are also not permitted. All bags and purses could be searched upon entering the arena.
  • Don’t Forget to Eat: Make reservations at a restaurant near the arena.

Important Academic Contacts

  • Arts and Sciences Academic Advising: 410-516-8216
    Check on completed credit hours for graduation (student inquiries only).
  • Engineering Academic Advising: 410-516-7395
    Check on completed credit hours for graduation (student inquiries only).
  • Registrar: 410-516-8080
    Order official transcript(s).
  • Student Financial Services: 410-516-8028
    Set up an exit interview.
  • Student Accounts: 410-516-8158
    Clear up past-due payments.
  • Career Center: 410-516-8056
    Have resume and cover letter checked.
  • Johns Hopkins Barnes & Noble: 410-662-5850
    Order your caps, gowns, and announcements.

Last updated December 13, 2018