Is Commencement canceled?

We will not be able to hold in-person Commencement ceremonies this spring, so degrees will be conferred during a virtual ceremony on May 21 at 11 a.m. EDT.

For Undergraduates:

President Daniels and university leadership are committed to working with the Class of 2020 to develop plans for a meaningful celebration of the Class of 2020’s remarkable achievements. We collaborated with students to put together an Idea Lab challenge–so seniors could have their ideas heard.  The deadline to submit ideas was April 15. This input is shaping the celebrations such as the virtual ceremony on May 21 and Homewood Senior Week(end) activities during Young Alumni Weekend in fall 2020.

Plans for in-person “redo” commencement ceremonies are being made for December 2020. Additionally, we have reserved the morning of May 27, 2021 at Royal Farms Arena for a separate Class of 2020 universitywide ceremony. At the ceremony, bachelor and doctoral students cross the stage and master’s students are recognized from their seats.

For Graduate Students:

President Daniels and university leadership are committed to working with the Class of 2020 to develop plans for a meaningful celebration of the Class of 2020’s remarkable achievements. Each Academic Division is currently working with students on what that will be.

What does virtual ceremony mean?

Johns Hopkins University looks forward to recognizing the academic achievements of the Class of 2020 during our virtual universitywide Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11 a.m. EDT.  Please join the Class of 2020, family, and friends to watch the hour-long ceremony online.

The Class of 2020 have taken the virtual ceremony as an opportunity to create something that is meaningful, celebratory, and uniquely Hopkins. Formal remarks will be given by Chair of the Board of Trustees Lou Forster, A&S ’82, SAIS ’83, JHU President Ronald J. Daniels, our Commencement speaker, Alexis Ohanian, and several other distinguished guests. After the degrees are conferred at the end of the ceremony, each graduate’s name, degree, and major will scroll alphabetically alongside memories shared by the graduates.

When is the virtual universitywide ceremony being held?

The universitywide Commencement ceremony will be held virtually on Thursday, May 21 at 11 a.m. EDT. Degrees will be conferred during the ceremony for all graduates.

How can I participate in the virtual ceremony?

A link to the virtual ceremony on Thursday, May 21 at 11 a.m. EDT will be available here the week of May 18. We encourage all graduates, their families, and friends to join us online for this celebration.

Will the virtual ceremony be accessible?

Yes, Johns Hopkins is committed to promoting the full participation of all individuals with disabilities in the virtual Commencement ceremony on May 21 at 11 a.m. EDT. There will be options to watch the virtual ceremony with captions and ASL interpretation.

Please contact the Commencement Office at commencement@jhu.edu if you have any questions or requests. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the virtual ceremony) will be made to provide accommodations.

Is the virtual ceremony mandatory?

The virtual universitywide ceremony is not mandatory. If you are able, we hope that you will join. Even if you do not attend, if you have been approved to graduate, your degree will still be conferred and you will receive your diploma by mail.

Can the universitywide ceremony be postponed?

A virtual universitywide Commencement Ceremony will be held to confer degrees on May 21, 2020 at 11 a.m. EDT.  For students who also wish to participate in in-person graduation celebrations, plans for “redo” commencement ceremonies are being made for December 2020. Additionally, we have reserved the morning of May 27, 2021 at Royal Farms Arena for a separate Class of 2020 universitywide ceremony. At the ceremony, bachelor and doctoral students cross the stage and master’s students are recognized from their seats.

More information will be available on the Commencement website in the coming months.

Will I still receive my diploma?

Yes, spring diplomas will be mailed out in late-June or early July as degrees are cleared. If you have additional questions, please email asenverify@jhu.edu.

Will I receive a refund on my regalia?

For bachelors and master’s students who have not opened their purchased regalia:

You MUST return regalia by mail to Oak Hall, our regalia vendor, for a refund. Please include a copy of your order confirmation, which you received via email, and contact information (name, phone & email). The mailing address is:

Oak Hall Cap & Gown
3812 Blue Ridge Drive
Roanoke, VA 24153

For bachelors and master’s students who have opened their purchased regalia:

You MUST return your regalia to Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble for a refund and it will be processed when it is safe for the store to reopen. This can be in person or by mail. Please include a copy of your order confirmation, which you received via email, and contact information (name, phone & email). The mailing address is:

Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble
ATTN: Store Manager
3330 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

For doctoral students who have rented regalia:

You MUST return your rental regalia by mail to Oak Hall, our regalia vendor, for a refund. Please include a copy of your order confirmation, which you received via email, and contact information (name, phone & email). The mailing address is:

Oak Hall Cap & Gown
3812 Blue Ridge Drive
Roanoke, VA 24153

What if I would still like to purchase regalia?

If you would like to order bachelor’s or master’s regalia for commemorative purposes you are welcome to do so. Orders can be placed online at https://jhu.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome. Click “Let’s get started” to place your order.

If you are a doctoral student and you want custom doctoral regalia this can be purchased online at https://jhu.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome. Click “Custom Regalia” to place your order.

Regalia will be shipped directly to your desired home address.

The deadline to order regalia has been extended to Friday, May 8.  Please know that any orders placed after March 23, 2020 will be Final Sale and not eligible for a refund of any kind.

If you have any questions, please contact Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins at kawoodward@jhu.edu

Should I cancel my travel arrangements?

Yes, all in-person celebrations for May 2020 have been canceled. Please work directly with the company with which you booked your travel and accommodations to find out their policies regarding refunds or rescheduling.

How can I be as informed as possible about Commencement day?

Continue to visit the Commencement website; information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Last updated May 14, 2020