When and where is the universitywide Commencement ceremony?

Johns Hopkins University plans to hold the universitywide Commencement in-person for undergraduate seniors at Homewood Field on Thursday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Should weather prohibit the Thursday evening ceremony, the rain date is scheduled for Friday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Family, friends, guests, and graduate degree candidates of the Class of 2021 are invited to join via livestream. So that we may provide the safest experience for the participating graduates, we ask that family and friends not come to campus for the event. Graduate degree candidates will receive information about their 2021 individual school ceremonies in the coming weeks.

To ensure the safety of our graduates, and in accordance with University COVID-19 protocols, masks will be required, seats will be assigned to ensure graduates are physically distanced during the ceremony, and, instead of lining up to cross the stage, graduates will be recognized from their seats during the event.

Who should attend the universitywide Commencement ceremony?

As degrees from all nine schools will be conferred during this ceremony, all candidates are invited to join the ceremony virtually. Bachelor’s candidates from the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Peabody Conservatory, and Whiting School of Engineering are invited to attend in person and will be recognized from their seats (there will be no stage crossing during this year’s ceremony).

Divisional ceremony information for master’s and doctoral candidates can be found here.

Family, friends, guests, and graduate degree candidates of the Class of 2021 are invited to join via livestream. So that we may provide the safest experience for the participating graduates, we ask that family and friends not come to campus for the event.

I am a graduating senior, how do I RSVP to participate in the in-person ceremony?

In order to participate in Commencement, regardless of the modality, you need to RSVP on MarchingOrder. There you will be asked to:

  • Provide an audio recording of your name to help faculty pronounce it correctly when it is read.
  • Upload a photo to be included on your individual recognition slide. This is important since you will be recognized from your seat and will not be crossing the stage.
  • Register for attending a seniors-only in-person ceremony (fingers crossed).

I am a graduating senior, how can I confirm that I have RSVP'd to participate in the in-person ceremony?

You can check if you have RSVP’d by logging into MarchingOrder. Once you’ve logged in you should see a check in a green circle with the last date your form was submitted. If you would like to review or change your submission you can click “Register Here” to update or review the information that you entered.

Alternatively, you can email commencement@jhu.edu to confirm.

Can my family and friends attend the in-person universitywide ceremony if it is held?

Unfortunately, no.

In order to limit the number of people in the stadium and ensure proper physical distancing, family, friends, and guest are invited to watch the ceremony via livestream. So that we may provide the safest experience for the participating undergraduates, we ask that family and friends not come to campus for the event.

How can family and friends participate in the ceremony?

The ceremony will be livestreamed and anyone with internet access will be able to view it. In May, links to the livestream for the universitywide and individual school ceremonies will be posted on the Stories and Pictures page on the Commencement website.

Additionally, we encourage family to Share your Memories by sending in pictures and videos taken during your graduates’ time at Johns Hopkins to be included in celebratory videos shown before, during, and after the ceremony. The deadline to submit pictures and videos is April 30.

Is it mandatory that undergraduates attend the in-person universitywide ceremony if it is held?

No. It is at your discretion whether you attend the in-person universitywide ceremony. All degrees will be conferred regardless of attendance. You are invited to join via livestream if you choose not to attend.

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.

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.

I am a graduate degree candidate, can I attend the in-person universitywide ceremony?

Unfortunately, no.

In order to limit the number of people in the stadium and ensure proper physical distancing, family, friends, and graduate degree candidates are invited to watch the ceremony via livestream.

I am a graduate degree candidate, where can I find information about my ceremony?

Divisional ceremony information for master’s and doctoral candidates can be found here.

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.

Will I be required to have a COVID test prior to the ceremony?

Undergraduate seniors should continue to follow the guidelines outlined by the university with regards to testing. At the ceremony, graduates will be asked to present a green campus pass on their Prodensity app. More details will be provided in the coming weeks.

What are graduates required to wear?

Each graduate will need to purchase regalia (cap and gown) in order to participate in in-person school-specific and universitywide ceremonies. Details about regalia ordering will be updated in the coming weeks and available at https://jhu.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome.

Additionally, all graduates will be required to wear a mask, covering their nose and mouth, upon entering and for the duration of any in-person ceremonies.

Are masks required to participate in in-person ceremonies if they are held?

Yes. All graduates will be required to wear a mask, covering their nose and mouth, at all times during any in-person ceremony.

How will I receive my diploma?

Spring diplomas will be mailed out to all graduates, regardless of attendance at an in-person ceremony, in June as degrees are cleared. If you have additional questions, please email asenverify@jhu.edu.

Will an ASL interpreter and/or captioning be provided?

Yes, captions and ASL interpretation will be available on the livestream.

Any graduate requesting ASL or captioning should contact the Commencement Office, commencement@jhu.edu.

Is disability seating available for graduates if the in-person universitywide ceremony is held?

Yes. Any graduate requesting disability seating should contact the Commencement Office, commencement@jhu.edu, to discuss available options.

How can I have my graduate portrait taken?

While the university will not offer formal graduate portrait sessions, many local photographers offer this option.

I am a Class of 2020 graduate, will there be an in-person ceremony for me?

Plans are still being discussed for the Class of 2020 and an update will be provided in the coming months. However, given that no graduates will cross the stage in the 2021 ceremony, a redo 2020 ceremony will not take place this spring. The alumni association and Class of 2020 leaders are exploring alternative ways to recognize the class in person when we are able to do so.

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

Last updated April 21, 2021