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Graduates Entering Commencement Ceremony

Commencement 2016

Wednesday, May 18 at 4:00 p.m.
Royal Farms Arena

Doors to the arena open between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Candidate line-up is at 3:00 p.m.
Procession begins at 4:00 p.m.
Tickets are not required for family and guests of graduates.
We expect the ceremony to end around 8:00 p.m.
Out of respect for the other graduates, all graduates and their guests are expected to stay until the end.


The indoor ceremony will be held at the Royal Farms Arena, in the heart of downtown, on the corner of Hopkins Place and Baltimore Street at 201 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201 Click here for directions.

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Undergraduate Senior Toast

We are delighted by the overwhelming positive response to the Senior Toast on May 17, which has far-exceeded our expectations for this inaugural event. In order to accommodate as many graduates and families as possible, we have arranged to expand the event into additional spaces within the Recreation Center Complex. All those currently on the waitlist for five tickets will be receiving tickets, and we are able to take new ticket requests on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP deadline extended: Please RSVP no later than 5:00pm on May 6.

To reserve your tickets, please visit: There, you will be able to request up to five tickets, including for the graduate.

Please note, to log into the site you will need to use the graduate’s Johns Hopkins University email (ending

Event Details:
Tickets are required for all guests, including the graduate.

Join President Daniels and Senior Leadership for the Senior Toast, an undergraduate dessert reception, on Tuesday, May 17 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. in the O’Connor Recreation Center on Homewood campus. This is an open house–style event. There will be entertainment throughout the evening, and a toast given by President Daniels at 9:30 p.m.

All parking on campus is complimentary after 6:00 p.m. We encourage you to park on the north end of campus in the Muller Deck, Space Telescope garage or 115 W. University garage. These locations are accessed via San Martin Drive off of University Parkway. Signs will be posted to direct you to available parking. You can walk to the Recreation Center from all 3 locations.  

On the south end of campus, you can park in the South garage.  Limited shuttle service will be provided from Mason Hall to the Recreation Center on a loop for the duration of the event.  

Also, the San Martin garage is a short walk to the Recreation Center but due to construction only the lower level garage entrance is open.  Access the San Martin garage from Carnegie Way, via Wyman Park Drive from the Remington Avenue side.

Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble Open Late

Tuesday, May 17th the Bookstore will host a special VIP event for the Seniors and their families from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.  There will be special discounts for the event, a DJ, giveaways and a general celebration of the class of 2016.

Commencement Speaker
See the full HUB article here!
Learn more about the eight 2016 honorary degree recipients here!

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. For answers to more of your questions visit the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact

When should families plan to be in town?
The university-wide Commencement will take place at 4:00 p.m. on May 18. As the Commencement date gets closer, we suggest that you ask your student what other events they are participating in, as there are many smaller events that take place leading up to and after Commencement.

Do I need tickets to attend the ceremony?
Tickets are not required for family and guests of graduates to attend the universitywide ceremony. There is ample seating in the arena and students are welcome to bring as many guests to the university-wide ceremony as they would like. It is recommended that you arrive early if you have a particular seating area in which you would like to watch the ceremony. Doors will open between 2:30 p.m and 3:00 p.m.

When should candidates arrive at the arena?
Candidate line-up is at 3:00 p.m.

Where and when should I eat on Commencement day?
We encourage you to eat lunch around the arena so you can arrive to the arena between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. If you'd like to make dinner plans please note the ceremony is expected to conclude around 8:00 p.m. with recessional and diploma pick up to follow.

The Visitor Information page has a listing of restaurants located around the arena and Homewood campus.

Where do I pick up my diploma?

All graduating students can pick up their diploma on the lower level of Royal Farms Arena immediately following the ceremony.

Diplomas not claimed at the commencement ceremony will be available for pick-up in the Registrar’s Office at 75 Garland Hall starting at 12 noon on Thursday, May 19. Any diplomas still not picked up by 4:30pm on June 1 will be mailed.

Questions can be directed to the Registrar's Office Commencement Coordinator, Holly Penna, at

Parking & Transportation Information

Public parking is limited near the arena, so JHU will be offering free parking on the Homewood campus at the South Garage and operating shuttle service from Mason Hall on Homewood campus to the Royal Farms Arena.

Shuttles are scheduled to depart from Mason Hall every 10 minutes from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with return service from the Royal Farms Arena to Homewood campus from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The trip should take approximately 30 minutes. Please allow ample time for your travels down to the arena. Guests should anticipate, that as it gets closer to the ceremony, shuttles may be more crowded and longer wait times can be expected.

Graduates need to be at the arena at 3:00 p.m for lineup. Graduates planning to take the shuttle should be on a shuttle departing no later than 2:10 p.m.

All shuttles are handicap accessible.

For information about alternate transportation and parking around the arena visit the Parking and Transportation page.

Future Commencement Dates

Commencement will take place on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Royal Farms Arena.


For questions and additional information, please call 410-516-7711 or email