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Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins University Commencement ceremony

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May 21, 2012
Media Contact: Amy Lunday
Office: 443-287-9960; Cell: 410-804-2551


TO:                 Assignment editors, reporters

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

RE:                 Johns Hopkins University Commencement ceremony

WHEN:          Thursday, May 24, from 8:40 a.m. to approximately noon

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

The 136th academic year at The Johns Hopkins University has come to a close, and with that ending, thousands of new beginnings will be launched at a university-wide commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 24.

The media is invited to attend this annual rite of passage, when friends and family will gather to watch as approximately 1,400 of the world’s hardest working students will be transformed into jubilant bachelors, masters and doctors. The festivities honoring the class of 2012 will begin promptly at 8:40 a.m., rain or shine, when bagpipers will lead degree candidates from the university’s nine academic divisions onto Homewood Field. Decked out in caps and gowns adorned with colorful hoods indicating their fields of study, they will cross a grand outdoor stage to shake hands with university President Ronald J. Daniels as their names are read aloud for the cheering crowd. 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 Samuel J. Palmisano, chairman of the board of IBM and chair of IBM’s executive committee, and member of the Johns Hopkins University class of 1973. Palmisano is one of six renowned individuals who will receive honorary degrees during the ceremony for their contributions to society. Among the honorees is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, revered around the world for her peaceful fight for democracy in Burma, who will be given her citation in absentia.

About the Graduating Class (as of May 3)
The total number of earned degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded is expected to be about 7,529, including 1,664 bachelor degrees (1,249 of which to be conferred upon seniors graduating from the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering at the Homewood campus) and 5,865 graduate degrees from across the university: 1,331 from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; 1,072 from the Whiting School of Engineering; 730 from the Carey Business School; 964 from the School of Education; 166 from the Peabody Institute; 111 from the School of Nursing; 484 from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); 294 from the School of Medicine; and 713 from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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. See above for contact information.

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Commencement news release


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