The 2017 Commencement ceremony will take place at the Royal Farms Arena on Wednesday, May 24. Candidate lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. Procession begins at 1:30 p.m.

Before Commencement Checklist

  • Apply to Graduate: Visit the Office of the Registrar’s website for more information.
  • Record your name to ensure it is pronounced properly when you cross the stage. Visit the MarchingOrder home page, enter your email address and click “Request Password”. Check your email for the link to create a password and access the site. If you do not receive the email, please check your SPAM folder.
  • Photo of black undergraduate robe with gold piping. Order your Cap and Gown: This year’s regalia has a new design and is also eco-friendly! Be sure to purchase a new cap and gown to participate in this year’s ceremony. Order online from Oak Hall. 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 May 5.
  • Attend Grad Fair to order your cap and gown, personalized announcements, and diploma frames. Grad Fair takes place on April 6 to 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble at St. Paul and 33rd Streets.
Download Grad Fair Letter
  • Logo of Senior Class Gift Campaign that reads "I 'Heart' Hopkins"Donate to the Senior Class Gift Campaign.
  • Have your Senior Portrait taken. GradImages® will be onsite taking portraits at the Grad Fair 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 6 to 8, at the Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble. More information can be found here.
  • Select Diploma Frames (14″x17″): At the Grad Fair, April 6 to 8, save $10 on the diploma frame and $25 on shipping. Otherwise, order online at Church Hill Classics or  Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble.
  • Photo of gold class ring that reads "The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore 1876," with the seal. Be part of the JHU Ring Tradition: A representative will be available during the Grad Fair April 6-8 to place an order for the official class ring. You may also order online at Balfour or 1-877-225-3687.
  • Customize and purchase your graduation announcements from CB Graduation Announcements.
  • Sign up for Senior Week activities: Pricing and a list of activities will be available in the spring. Check back for the full list of activities!
  • 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 Wednesday, May 24, to begin lining up. Download Line Up Information
  • 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 Affairs: 410-516-7395
    Check on completed credit hours for graduation (student inquiries only).
  • Registrar
    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 June 9, 2017