May 13, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Reeves
Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, a renowned neuroscientist and neurosurgeon at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is the featured speaker at this year’s university-wide commencement ceremony for graduates from all divisions and campuses of The Johns Hopkins University.
The event will take place, rain or shine, from 8:40 a.m. to approximately noon on Thursday, May 23, on Homewood Field, the stadium on the northern end of the university’s Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. 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. See above for contact information.
The ceremony will feature remarks from President Ronald J. Daniels and a speech by Quiñones-Hinojosa, the conferring of all degrees, and the bestowing of honorary degrees. In addition, all undergraduate students as well as doctoral students in attendance will have their names announced as they file on stage to have their degrees recognized. The majority of students will receive their diplomas following the event; others will receive them at separate diploma ceremonies at their respective schools.
Prior to the ceremony, the undergraduates from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Nursing and the Peabody Institute will gather on the Keyser Quadrangle and walk through campus, passing through the Freshman Quad, where their academic journey started. All other graduates will enter from the Athletic Center. Following the ceremony, the newly minted alumni and their families will be invited to a reception on the Keyser Quadrangle.
The university is also once again putting its “green” principles into practice at commencement to create a zero-waste ceremony through several measures, including caps and gowns made from 100 percent recyclable materials, and reusable stage decorations. The commencement program will be printed on paper that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The reception will feature local caterers specializing in green practices, and biodegradable dinnerware and food scraps will be composted.
This year’s honorary degree recipients are Eddie Brown, chairman and chief executive officer and founder of Brown Capital in Glen Arm, Md., and his wife C. Sylvia Brown, community philanthropist and higher education leader; Vernon Mountcastle, professor emeritus of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins; and Nelson Sewankambo, an internationally recognized medical researcher and educator from Kampala, Uganda.
Noteworthy speakers at other Johns Hopkins commencement-related events – at various times and locations from Tuesday, May 21 through Friday, May 24 – include Wes Moore, best-selling author and JHU alumnus, who will speak to the School of Education; Pete Seeger, American folk singer and songwriter, who will speak to graduates of the Peabody Institute; Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, who will speak to graduates of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies; and Wesley G. Bush, CEO and president, Northrop Grumman, who will speak to graduates of the Carey Business School.
About the Graduating Class (as of May 13)
The total number of earned degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded is expected to be about 7,185, including 1,758 bachelor degrees (1,332 of which to be conferred upon seniors graduating from the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering at the Homewood campus) and 5,424 graduate degrees from across the university: 1,295 from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; 1,076 from the Whiting School of Engineering; 547 from the Carey Business School; 579 from the School of Education; 203 from the Peabody Institute; 107 from the School of Nursing; 479 from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); 279 from the School of Medicine; and 859 from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
About the Ceremonies
The university as a whole and its nine academic divisions will hold the following commencement events, listed by date:
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Tuesday, May 21, 9 a.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Cathedral and Preston streets
Speaker: Nelson Sewankambo, a Ugandan doctor and medical researcher
Carey Business School
Tuesday, May 21, 4 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Speaker: Wesley G. Bush, CEO and president, Northrop Grumman
Whiting School of Engineering Graduate Ceremony
Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m., Homewood Field, Homewood campus.
Speaker: Kenneth W. DeFontes Jr., president and CEO, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
University-wide Commencement Ceremony and Arts and Sciences/Engineering Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony
Thursday, May 23, from 8:40 a.m. to approximately noon, Homewood Field
Speaker: Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, a renowned neuroscientist and neurosurgeon at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
School of Medicine Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 23, 2:30 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Speaker: Jon R. Lorsch, PhD, Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 23, 3 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, Constitution Hall, 18th and D Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent
School of Nursing Diploma and Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 23, 3 p.m., France Merrick Performing Arts Center (Hippodrome Theatre), 12 North Eutaw St.
Speaker: Martha N. Hill, dean of The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, who is stepping down at the end of the academic year.
The Peabody Institute Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 23, 7:30 p.m., Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Institute, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place.
Speaker: Pete Seeger, American folk singer and songwriter, who will receive the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America.
School of Education Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 23, 7:30 p.m., Homewood Field, Homewood campus.
Speaker: Wes Moore, best-selling author and JHU alumnus
Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Master’s Diploma Award Ceremony
Friday, May 24, 10 a.m., Homewood Field, Homewood campus.
Speaker: John M. Bridgeland, president and CEO of Civic Enterprises
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