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Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins University Commencement Ceremony

May 20, 2013
Media Contact: Tracey Reeves
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Johns Hopkins Commencement, Thursday, May 23

TO:                 Assignment editors, reporters

RE:                 Johns Hopkins University Commencement ceremony

WHEN:          Thursday, May 23, 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 137th academic year at The Johns Hopkins University has come to a close, and with that ending, new beginnings will be launched at a university-wide commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 23.

The media is invited to attend this rite of passage, as friends and family gather to watch students become graduates. The festivities honoring the class of 2013 will begin promptly at 8:40 a.m., rain or shine, with the procession of degree candidates from the university’s nine academic divisions onto Homewood Field. In caps and gowns adorned with colorful hoods indicating their fields of study, they will cross a stage to shake hands with university President Ronald J. Daniels as their names are read aloud. Most graduates will receive their diplomas following the event; others will receive them at separate diploma ceremonies at their respective schools.

The featured speaker will be Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, a renowned neuroscientist and neurosurgeon at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. President Daniels will offer brief celebratory remarks.

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.

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.

Baltimore/Maryland Connections    

  • Wes Moore, best-selling author, JHU alumnus and speaker at the School of Education diploma award ceremony at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 23
  • Kenneth W. DeFontes Jr., president and chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
  • Eddie Brown, chairman and chief executive officer and founder of Brown Capital in Glen Arm, Md.
  • C. Sylvia Brown, community philanthropist and higher education leader

A schedule of all the ceremonies, as well as greater detail about the university-wide ceremony is online at

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 website


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