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Johns Hopkins Commencement Set For May 22

Keynote speaker will be YouTube CEO

May 14, 2014
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Susan Wojcicki

About 1,500 students will claim their degrees Thursday, May 22, at the commencement ceremony for all of Johns Hopkins University’s divisions and campuses.

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, will be the featured speaker. Named one of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” and one of Vanity Fair’s 50 “leading innovators [that] shake the foundations of their industries,” Wojcicki became head of the video-sharing powerhouse earlier this year.

Commencement will take place, rain or shine, from 8:40 a.m. to approximately noon 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, particularly for broadcast news organizations. See above for contact information.

The ceremony will feature remarks from President Ronald J. Daniels, 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 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.

This year’s honorary degree recipients are:

Edith Windsor, whose lawsuit against the U.S. government led the Supreme Court to declare that 1996 Defense of Marriage Act violated the Constitution. President Obama called the ruling a “victory for American democracy,” and Windsor was hailed, at the age of 84, as a hero of the gay-rights movement.

Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who took on Edith Windsor’s case in 2009 pro bono and won.

Taylor Branch, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian whose trilogy, America in the King Years, helped to foster a national dialogue on civil rights.

Susan Wojcicki, Google’s 16th employee and now the CEO of YouTube. She had a profound impact on Google’s transition from a startup housed in her garage to a $50.6 billion business responsible for more than 40 percent of digital ad revenue in the United States.

Norman R. Augustine, former CEO and chairman of Lockheed Martin and a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins who served for 16 years on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Pamela Flaherty, former chair of the Johns Hopkins board of trustees, current president and CEO of Citi Foundation, and director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi.

Fred Lazarus, president of the Maryland College Institute of Art. Lazarus has led MICA for 35 years and in that time has transformed it into one of America’s leading art colleges.

About the Graduating Class (as of May 2)

The total number of earned degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year is expected to be about 7,084. That includes 1,704 undergraduate degrees (1,251 from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering) and 5,380 graduate degrees from across the university: 1,145 from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; 1,276 from the Whiting School of Engineering; 644 from the Carey Business School; 490 from the School of Education; 150 from the Peabody Institute; 101 from the School of Nursing; 427 from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); 279 from the School of Medicine; and 868 from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

About the ceremonies

The university as a whole and the nine academic divisions will hold the following commencement events:

School of Public Health

Tuesday, May 20, 2:30 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Speaker: Carol S. Larson, President and CEO, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

School of Nursing
Wednesday, May 21, 4 p.m., Turner Auditorium
Speaker: Patricia Davidson, Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Carey Business School
Wednesday, May 21, 4 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Speaker: Charles W. Scharf, CEO, Visa, Inc.

School of Education
Wednesday, May 21, 4 p.m., Baltimore Arena
Speaker: Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of Police, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department

Whiting School of Engineering – Graduate
Wednesday, May 21, 7 p.m., Homewood Field
Speaker: Dr. Michael J. Zinner, Moseley Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Surgeon-in-Chief, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

University-wide Commencement
Thursday, May 22, 8:40 a.m., Homewood Field
Speaker: Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube

School of Medicine
Thursday, May 22, 2:30 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Fauci, immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

School of Advanced International Studies
Thursday, May 22, 3 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall
Speaker: David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee

Peabody Conservatory
Thursday, May 22, 7:30 p.m., Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall
Speaker: Kim Kashkashian, Violist, 2014 Recipient of the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America

Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences – Graduate Ceremony
Friday, May 23, 10 a.m., Homewood Field
Speaker: Jennifer Pahlka, Executive director, Code for America, United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Government Innovation



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