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Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins University Commencement ceremony

May 23, 2011

TO:                Assignment editors, education reporters

FROM:         Amy Lunday / 443-287-9960 / acl@jhu.edu

RE:            Johns Hopkins University Commencement ceremony

WHEN:            Thursday, May 26, from 8:40 a.m. to approximately noon

WHERE:            Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, Homewood Field, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218

Johns Hopkins University will close its 135th academic year with a spirited university-wide Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 26, when all degrees will be officially conferred upon the class of 2011. The day begins promptly at 8:40 a.m., rain or shine when thousands of students from the university’s nine academic divisions will march onto Homewood Field.

During the ceremony, undergraduates, master’s degree and doctoral degree candidates will cross the grand outdoor stage to shake hands with university President Ronald J. Daniels as their names are read aloud to the cheers of family and friends. The majority of newly minted graduates will receive their diplomas following the event; others will receive them at separate diploma ceremonies at their respective schools.

Speakers include President Daniels, who will offer brief celebratory remarks, and featured speaker Fareed Zakaria, Time columnist, host of his own international affairs program on CNN and one of the most influential political commentators of his day. Zakaria will also receive an honorary degree.

About the Graduating Class (as of May 4)

The total number of earned degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded is expected to be about 6,634, as follows: 1,628 bachelor degrees (including 1,213 seniors graduating from the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering at the Homewood campus); 3,906 master’s degrees, 509 doctoral degrees (210 of which are medical degrees); and 591 certificates and diplomas.

A schedule of all the ceremonies, as well as greater detail about the university-wide ceremony is online at http://releases.jhu.edu/2011/05/12/jhu_commencement_2011/

Baltimore/Maryland Connections

  • Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will receive an honorary degree during the university-wide ceremony on Thursday, May 26.
  • James F. Pitts, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, will speak at the divisional ceremony for the Whiting School of Engineering Graduate Ceremony at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, Homewood Field, Homewood campus.
  • Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will speak at the divisional commencement ceremony for the Bloomberg School of Public Health at 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
  • David Simon, writer and producer for NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” and HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme,” will receive an honorary degree during the university-wide ceremony on Thursday, May 26.

Logistics for Members of the Media
Homewood Field is the stadium on the northern end of the university’s Homewood campus. There will be a press section on the playing surface of Homewood Field. Identification is required; prior notification of intention to cover the ceremony is preferred. Limited press parking will be available; please notify us in advance if you need parking. See above for contact information.

Parking map

Commencement Website


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