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When and where is the universitywide Commencement ceremony?

The 2023 universitywide Commencement ceremony is at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 25, at Homewood Field, 111 W University Pkwy, Baltimore, MD, 21210. Should weather prohibit the Thursday morning ceremony, the rain date is scheduled for Friday, May 26 at 9 a.m.

Divisional ceremony information for master’s and doctoral candidates can be found on the Ceremonies by School page.

We are planning for an in-person 2023 Commencement at which we hope to welcome all friends, family, and graduates who wish to participate. No tickets will be required, However, the uncertain future surrounding COVID-19 restrictions could require us to make changes to the ceremony as it gets closer, and we reserve the right to change the date, time, location, or policies of the event in the best interest of public health. Information will be available by email and on this website.

Which graduates should attend the universitywide Commencement ceremony?

All bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates are invited to attend. All degrees from all nine schools will be conferred during this ceremony.

As the primary ceremony for bachelor’s candidates, graduates from the Peabody Conservatory, Whiting School of Engineering, and Krieger School of Arts and Sciences will be the only students called to cross the stage. (This ceremony includes those candidates whose degrees were conferred earlier in the year).

 

Will guests be allowed to attend?

Yes, we are planning for an in-person 2023 Commencement at which we hope to welcome all friends and family. No tickets will be required. However, the uncertain future surrounding COVID-19 restrictions could require us to make changes to the ceremony as it gets closer, and we reserve the right to change the policies of the event in the best interest of public health. Any further changes will be communicated by email and on this website.

Are tickets required?

At this time, tickets are not required for family and guests of graduates to attend the universitywide ceremony. However, the uncertain future surrounding COVID-19 restrictions could require us to make changes to the ceremony as it gets closer, and we reserve the right to change the policies of the event in the best interest of public health.

It is recommended that guests arrive early if they wish to select a particular seating area. Doors will open at 9 a.m. ET.

Do graduates need to RSVP to attend the universitywide ceremony?

Yes, all graduates will be required to RSVP to attend the ceremony. Please note this is different than completing your graduation application in SIS.

What are graduates required to wear?

Each graduate will need to wear appropriate regalia (cap and gown) in order to participate in the school-specific and universitywide ceremonies.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended since graduates will be walking on turf and uneven walkways.

 

*Please note, the deadline to purchase regalia to be shipped to you has passed. If you still need regalia, please visit the JHU Barnes and Noble, 3330 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218

How can I receive weather alerts for the Senior Toast and universitywide ceremony?

Visit the Commencement homepage and enter your cell phone number into the box provided. Weather related text messages will be sent out via text in the event on inclement weather. Additionally, check the homepage and Senior Toast page for weather related updates.

Are graduates required to be vaccinated to participate in the ceremony?

Yes, students participating in on-campus commencement ceremonies and events must comply with the JHU vaccination mandate and must have received either an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exception prior to coming on-campus, even if they were fully “online” students during their course of study.

 

 

Will guests be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend the ceremony?

The University encourages all guests to be vaccinated. The University reserves the right to require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend the ceremony.

Continue COVID Testing. Even during the week of Commencement, undergraduates are required to continue to test twice a week at a Hopkins asymptomatic testing site. YOU WILL NEED TO TEST TWICE DURING THE WEEK PRIOR TO COMMENCEMENT — BY FRIDAY, MAY 20th — IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE. Log into your MyChart account early to schedule your testing appointments as some testing sites have limited availability.

Download the Prodensity app. Undergraduates, make sure you have the Prodensity app on your phone. Your pass must be green in order to participate in Commencement.

If you are planning to participate in Commencement and unable to comply with the COVID testing requirement, you may still participate but will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the Commencement ceremony.  Should you have additional questions specific to the testing requirement, please contact StudentAffairs@jhu.edu for assistance.

Please note that masks are required for graduates checking in to the Bob Scott Gymnasium.

What other COVID-19 protocols will be in place for the ceremony?

The ceremony will follow all university guidelines around masking and distancing.  The most current guidelines for campus events are available here: https://covidinfo.jhu.edu/health-safety/campus-events/.

For answers to frequently asked questions please visit the University’s Coronavirus Information FAQs page for the most up-to-date information.

Please note that masks are required for graduates checking in to the Bob Scott Gymnasium.

I am not feeling well or have received instructions to quarantine, can I still attend the ceremony?

No. Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2 should self-isolate at home, except to get medical care, and should not attend the ceremony.

If you have received instructions to quarantine due to “meaningful” exposure you should stay home and quarantine for 14 days after your last known contact with a person who has COVID-19, even if you have tested negative. Because the incubation period of the virus varies, you can still be incubating the virus even if you test negative and may become infectious later during the 14-day window. If the ceremony falls within your 14-day quarantine you should not attend the ceremony.

How early should guests arrive to get seats?

The gates to Homewood Field will open at 9 a.m. ET. Upon entering Homewood Field all guests will pass through a metal detector and all bags may be searched.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests should be in their seats by TBD for the ceremony. Please allow time for parking, walking to Homewood Field, and finding a seat.

Are there restrictions on what can be brought to Homewood Field?

We recommend that you leave personal items at home or at your accommodation. All bags and purses may be searched upon entering the stadium. Restrictions are as follows:

  • Bags and purses larger than 13” x 15”, including luggage, are not permitted. Diaper bags are permitted.
  • Backpacks and luggage are not permitted. Please plan to have your large bags or luggage stored at your hotel/accommodation if you need to check out prior to the ceremony. Bags that do not meet the requirements will not be permitted into the stadium and bag check will not be provided.
  • Wrapped gifts and balloons are not allowed.
  • Signs, posters, banners, and flags will not be allowed inside the stadium for safety reasons.
  • Food and drinks are allowed in the stands but may not be brought onto the field.  Only water will be permitted on the field.
  • Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco are strictly prohibited including e-cigarettes.
  • Pets are not permitted in or around Homewood Field with the exception of Service Dogs.
  • Firearms, knives, fireworks or weapons of any kind are not permitted.
  • Horns, cow bells, whistles or any artificial noisemakers or laser pointers are not permitted.

Guests are permitted to bring an unopened water bottle, and a seat cushion or seat back.

How can families who cannot attend participate in the ceremony?

The ceremony will be livestreamed and anyone with internet access will be able to view it. You can view the livestream here.

How can I obtain a visa for my guest who's traveling from out of the country?

Family and friends from abroad who wish to visit and/or attend JHU international students’ graduation ceremony may apply for a B-2 visa from the United States consulate nearest to the place of their residence. The Office of International Services has provided this guidance and additional information about “visitor visas” can be found on their website.

Where can I park for the ceremony?

Please visit the Parking and Transportation page for complete details on parking and other transportation options for the ceremony.

Will accessible seating be available?

The ceremony will have designated seating areas for persons using wheelchairs. Seating is available for the individual with the disability and up to three companions on a first-come, first-served basis. For assistance finding seating, please see one of the Commencement volunteers or ushers at Homewood Field. Seats in the stadium are bleacher seating without seat-backs. Guests are permitted to bring seat cushions or seat backs.

For other guests with mobility disabilities, it is strongly recommended that you arrive early to ensure you can find a seat that meets your needs. The gates will open at 9 a.m. ET. For assistance, please see an usher or Commencement volunteer.

Are wheelchairs available at the ceremony?

Wheelchairs are not available at Homewood Field. For more information or to arrange a wheelchair rental for the event, please call Northern Pharmacy & Medical Equipment at (410) 254-2055.

Will an ASL interpreter and/or captioning be provided?

The ceremony will be captioned in the stadium on large screens on either side of the stage. Captions and ASL interpretation will be available on the livestream.

Any graduate or guest requesting ASL should contact the Commencement Office, commencement@jhu.edu, by April 22.

In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Are large print or Braille versions of the Commencement program available?

A limited number of large-print copies will be available on the day of the event. Please see the ushers for large print copies. Requests for Braille program books need to be received by April 22.

When should I eat on Commencement day?

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at concession stands located outside the stadium. Please note that no food or beverages other than water are permitted on the field. When making plans more substantial meals after the ceremony, please note that the ceremony is expected to conclude around 12:00 p.m.

Will food be available during the ceremony?

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at concession stands located outside the stadium. Please note that no food or beverages other than water are permitted on the field. When making plans more substantial meals after the ceremony, please note that the ceremony is expected to conclude around 12:00 p.m.

A bottles of water will be available inside the stadium. Guests are permitted to bring in an unopened bottle of water.

Once my graduate is recognized may we leave?

Out of respect for the other graduates, all graduates and their guests are expected to stay until the ceremony ends, at approximately noon. However, if it is necessary to leave early, we ask you to move quickly and quietly to an exit to avoid disrupting others. Please note there is no re-entry once you have left the stadium.

How will I find my graduate after the ceremony?

We suggest identifying a “meeting point” outside of Homewood Field. Guests will not be permitted on the field, in the graduate seating area, once the ceremony is over.

How will I receive my diploma?

Spring diplomas will be mailed out to all graduates in June as degrees are cleared regardless of attendance at the ceremony. If you have additional questions, please visit registrar.jhu.edu/diplomas/

For additional information and questions, please email commencement@jhu.edu.

Last updated October 18, 2022