The 2020 universitywide Commencement ceremony will take place at the Royal Farms Arena on Thursday, May 21. Candidate lineup begins at 10 a.m. Procession begins at 11 a.m.

Before Commencement Checklist

  • Apply to Graduate: Deadline for undergraduate registration is February 9th.  If you have questions about your application please contact Visit the Office of the Registrar’s website for more information.
  • RSVP for Commencement: Let us know of your plans to participate in the universitywide ceremony by completing the online RSVP form.
    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 11, 2020.
  • Attend Grad Fair to order your cap and gown, personalized announcements, and diploma frames. Grad Fair takes place on April 2 to 4 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 2 to 4 at the Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble. More information about portraits can be found here.
  • Select a Diploma Frame at the Grad Fair, April 2 to 4. You can also order your diploma frame online at Johns Hopkins Alumni Association or 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 1-800-225-3687. At representative will be available during the Grad Fair April 2 to 4 to place an order for the class ring.
  • 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 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, 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 and all guests will pass through metal detectors upon entry.
  • 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.
  • Life Design Lab: 410-516-8056
    Have resume and cover letter checked.
  • Johns Hopkins Barnes & Noble: 410-662-5850
    Order your caps, gowns, and announcements.

Last updated February 7, 2020