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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend the ceremony?
I'm graduating! What do i need to do?
Do I need tickets to attend?

What do I need to do to be as informed as possible about Commencement day?
Inclement Weather Announcements
How will I be notified of any changes to the original schedule?
Under what conditions would the ceremony be delayed?
Under what conditions would the ceremony be held indoors?
In the event of an indoor ceremony, is it possible to get more than two tickets?

How can family members who cannot attend participate in the ceremony?
What hotels are close to campus where family members can stay?
How early should we arrive to get seats?
I've heard North Charles St., right by campus, is under construction. How will that affect traffic around campus?
How can I make myself aware of any traffic restrictions on the day of Commencement?
Where should we park?
Where can I watch a live webcast?
Is there mobility impaired seating available?

Will there be wheelchairs available?
Will I be able to purchase food?
What should we plan for lunch?
How will I find my graduate after the ceremony?
What if I arrive late to the ceremony?
Once my graduate's name is called and he/she crosses the stage, can we leave with our graduate?
If Homewood Field is evacuated during the ceremony, will the ceremony reconvene at any time?
If Homewood Field needs to be evacuated for any reason and the ceremony is cancelled, where do I meet my student? Where does he or she pick up his or her diploma?
How can we help commemorate the day?
Where do I pick-up my diploma?
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hat other organizational or departmental events are occuring around Commencement?
Who should attend the University-wide ceremony on Thursday, May 22 at 8:40 a.m.?

All bachelor, master's and doctorate level candidates are invited to attend. All degrees will be conferred during this ceremony. All Nursing, Peabody, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and Whiting School of Engineering bachelors and all doctoral candidates will be called across the stage individually. This ceremony includes those candidates whose degrees were conferred earlier in the year. You must let your school know that you plan to participate in this ceremony.

I am graduating! What do I need to do?

Make sure you cover all things on our undergrad checklist. In early May, the Registrar's Office will post a document covering all final information and instructions.

Do I need tickets to attend?

Tickets are not required to attend the University-wide ceremony on Homewood Field. We are expecting large crowds so it is recommended that you arrive early. Some of the divisional ceremonies have a ticket requirement so please visit your school's page to learn more.

What do I need to do to be as informed as possible about Commencement day?

Continue to visit the Commencement website; information will continue to be updated here until Commencement Day

"Like" our page on Facebook to stay up to date on any changes or announcements

Inclement Weather Announcements

The Baltimore weather forecast is here.
For those guests for whome heat or other weather conditions are a health hazard, the commencement ceremony will be webcasted in Hodson Hall, Room 110 and in the Shriver Auditorium - these locations are indoors and air conditioned.

In the event that inclement weather threatens events associated with Johns Hopkins commencement from Tuesday, May 20, to Friday, May 23, please check this Web page for announcements from the university. The same information will also be posted on the university's weather emergency phone line at 410-516-7781.

University-wide Commencement: Homewood Field, 8:40 a.m., Thursday, May 22 - The outdoor ceremony is scheduled take place rain or shine. The area is not covered; students and guests should dress appropriately for the weather conditions; this includes rain and sun/heat. Umbrellas are permitted, but should be used with due consideration for those seated around you.

Please review our weather plans here.

How will I be notified of any changes to the original schedule?

If there are weather/safety concerns, we will announce any adjustment to our plan by 6 a.m. on May 22. No announcement will be made if we are proceeding as scheduled. You can receive the announcement through the JHU website: www.jhu.edu, or the emergency weather hotline: 410-516-7781

Under what conditions would the ceremony be delayed?

If it is believed that weather conditions will become safe in a few hours, the ceremony will either be delayed for two hours or four hours. If the ceremony is delayed two hours and conditions remain unsafe, the ceremony may be delayed an additional two hours.

Under what conditions would the ceremony be held indoors?

If it is determined that conditions will not clear up in two to four hours, the decision will be made to hold the ceremony indoors. We would have a total of six indoor ceremonies in two locations. Each would be abbreviated and last approximately 45 minutes. Degrees will be conferred but the graduates will not be called individually to cross the stage.

How can family members who cannot attend participate in the ceremony?

Our ceremony is webcasted. Anyone with a computer or tablet can view the ceremony here: http://web.jhu.edu/commencement/webcast.html.

Also, guests who have made the trip but do not feel well should view the ceremony this way as well. If you don't feel well, stay in the hotel! Remember, commencement guests: With so many people from around the country and around the world in Baltimore for Johns Hopkins' graduation, the last thing we want to do is send them back where they came from with some new virus to spread around.

If you're suffering from the symptoms of flu (fever or chills, cough or sore throat, and possibly runny nose, body aches, headache, fatigue, diarrhea or vomiting), please don't attend our commencement ceremony. Climb into bed, fire up the laptop and watch the webcast at http://web.jhu.edu/commencement/webcast.html

What hotels are close to campus where family members can stay?

There are a number of hotels in close proximaty to the Homewood Campus. Click here for additional information provided by the "Learn More, See More, B'More" team here at Hopkins.

How early should we arrive to get seats?

Homewood Field will open at 7:15 a.m. All guests should be in their seats by 8:30 a.m. for the 8:40 a.m. processional. Please allow time for traffic when entering campus, parking and walking to Homewood Field.

I've heard North Charles St., right by campus, is under construction. How will that affect traffic around campus?

North Charles St. has been under construction since Spring 2012. This is a $28 million project led by the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, using federal and local funds and a contribution by the Johns Hopkins University. The project is not expected to be complete until Summer 2014, so the project will be in full swing on May 22. The goals of the Charles Street Reconstruction Project are to create more balanced traffic patterns, increase pedestrian and bicycle safety, upgrade aging infrastructure, improve signage, support business revitalization, and enhance the character and beauty of the area. Presently, the northbound portion of North Charles St. between 29th St. and University Parkway is closed, but the street remains open for southbound cars. We expect this to remain the case through May.

How can I make myself aware of any traffic restrictions on the day of Commencement?

You can stay aware of any changes and new restrictions by checking the project page: http://www.charlesstreet.mdprojects.com/ or the Johns Hopkins project page: http://www.fm.jhu.edu/charlesstreetconstruction/ . Both pages will have details about any street closures on and around Commencement day. Guests should also be aware that on Commencement day, University Pkwy. will be closed on the eastbound side between San Martin Dr. and Canterbury Rd.

Where should we park?

The influx of guests to campus, combined with morning rush-hour traffic, will create congestion around the Homewood campus. Guests are urged to allow extra time to reach campus. Parking on campus is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, please consider carpooling. Guests who will be staying in the city are encouraged to take a taxi cab.

We anticipate that all parking on the Homewood Campus will be filled before 9:00 a.m. If you are coming to campus between 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. you are advised not to drive. Please take a cab, walk or park at the Eastern campus satellite location.

The Thursday morning shuttle will also include a stop at the South Parking Garage between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Lacrosse Hall of Fame parking lot entered from W. University Parkway. A state issued handicapped hangtag or license plate is required. Please see Assistance for Persons with Disabilities.

The Homewood-JHMI shuttle will run its normal schedule. The Eastern-JHMI shuttle will run its normal schedule.
For more updated information on the JHU shuttle service please visit the parking website.

Where can I watch a live webcast?

For those guests for whom heat or other weather conditions are a health hazard, the commencement ceremony will be webcasted in Hodson Hall, room 110, and the Shriver Auditorium - these locations are indoors and air conditioned.

Is there mobility impaired seating available?

Ticketed seating for guests who use wheelchairs, as well as those with limited physical mobility or medical conditions, will be available both on the field and in the lower stands. Due to space constraints, guests with disabilities who are seated on the field may be accompanied by one escort only. Advanced arrangements for this type of seating may be made during regular business hours by calling 410-516-7711 or email commencement@jhu.edu as far in advance of the event as possible. There is no guarantee that an accommodation can be made if the request is received after Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Will there be wheelchairs available?

For wheelchair rentals/accommodations, please call Northern Pharmacy at 410-254-2055, ext. 241, or e-mail cbroussard@northernpharmacy.com.

Will I be able to purchase food?

There will be concession stands available around the stadium. The stands will accept credit cards and cash.

What should we plan for lunch?

Immediately following the ceremony, graduates and their families are invited to attend the President's Reception on Keyser Quadrangle. Light refreshments will be served.
If you are making reservations for lunch, we recommend making them for after 1:30 p.m. to allow time for diploma pick-up and to account for traffic delays as you exit campus.

How will I find my graduate after the ceremony?

It is strongly recommended that you pick a meeting location away from Homewood Field and the Newton H. White Athletic Center. Bachelor Candidates will pick up their diplomas on Keyser Quadrangle. Meeting up in front of one of the buildings on Keyser Quad (location of the President's Reception) would be a better option. You are also encouraged to pre-arrange a meeting location in the event of a weather evacuation. See here for more details.

What if I arrive late to the ceremony?

We expect that all of the seats in the stadium will be filled so you may not be able to get a seat. Also, once the procession begins at 8:40 a.m., security will not let people interrupt to find a seat so you will be held outside the field until 9:15 a.m.

Once my graduate's name is called and he/she crosses the stage, can we leave?

No. Out of respect for the other graduates, all graduates and their guests are expected to stay until the ceremony is over, around 12:00 noon. However, if it is necessary to exit early, we ask you to move quickly and quietly so that you do not disrupt those around you.

If Homewood Field is evacuated during the ceremony, will the ceremony reconvene at any time?

If we evacuate the ceremony is cancelled. We will not reconvene, so if it is safe for you to do so, you can exit campus. If it is not safe, we will have shelter locations available until the danger has passed.

If Homewood Field needs to be evacuated for any reason and the ceremony is cancelled, where do I meet my student? Where does he or she pick up his or her diploma?

All graduates and guests will be directed to the nearest exit. Since you will not be sitting with your graduate, please make plans in advance to meet up with your graduate in a safe location that is away from Homewood Field.

In the event of an evacuation, diplomas will not be available for pickup on Thursday but your graduate can go to the registrar's office on Friday during normal business hours. After a two-week diploma pickup window has passed, diplomas will be mailed.

How can we help commemorate the day?

A number of items are available for purchase:

  • Cap and gown ordering - Visit Information by School for more information on ordering your cap and gown
  • Flowers and Graduation T-shirts with all the graduates' names on the back will be available for purchase at commencement.
  • Photos:
    • A photographer from GradImages will be at your ceremony to take a candid photograph of you at your special moment of recognition.
    • You will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of this photo on an order card within 5-7 days following the ceremony.
    • After the ceremony you may order online at http://www.gradimages.com/johnshopkinsuniversity or call 800-261-2576 or via email at giservice@gradimages.net.
    • Since photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax and enjoy the ceremony.
    • Pre-register with GradImages and get $5 off on orders of $25 or more. You can pre-register by visiting www.gradimages.com, and clicking on the Pre-Event Registration at the bottom of teh page. You may register your permanent email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos.
Where do I pick-up my diploma?

All bachelors will recess towards Keyser Quad following the ceremony where diplomas will be picked up in Gilman Hall. Graduate students can pick up diplomas in the Ralph O'Connor Recreation Center. Please contact the Registrar's Office with any questions.

What other organizational or departmental events are occuring around Commencement?

We try to keep a conclusive list of events occuring around Commencement here.  However, we recognize that not all events are listed.  Please email commencement@jhu.edu to have your event included.

 

For additional information, please call 410-516-7711 or email commencement@jhu.edu.

This year's commencement date is Thursday, May 22, 2014.