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Johns Hopkins Commencement Set for May 21

May 14, 2015
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Ed Catmull

About 7,000 students will claim their degrees Thursday, May 21, at the commencement ceremony for all of Johns Hopkins University’s divisions and campuses.

Ed Catmull, a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, will be the featured speaker. He is the computer scientist responsible for groundbreaking blockbusters like Toy Story and Frozen, and a winner of five Academy Awards.

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 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:

Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the first woman to lead a major U.S. orchestra. Her arrival in Baltimore in 2007 sparked greater collaboration between the BSO, and the university’s Peabody Conservatory, where she is a distinguished visiting artist.

Ed Catmull, this year’s commencement speaker.

Elijah Cummings, a longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives, re-elected in 2014 to serve a 10th term representing Maryland’s 7th district. A Baltimore native, Cummings is the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Anthony Deering, chairman of Exeter Capital, LLC, a private investment firm, and former chairman of the board and CEO of The Rouse Company. He currently serves as a director of Vornado Realty Trust and Under Armour and is a member of the Deutsche Bank Americas Advisory Board, as well as the lead independent director of the T. Rowe Price mutual funds. He is an emeritus member of the university’s board of trustees.

Lynn Deering, a volunteer and board member with Maryland Citizens for the Arts, a trustee on the board of Center Stage, and a member of the National Council for the American Theatre. Deering is also president of The Charlesmead Foundation, a trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and a member of the National Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Fauci serves as one of the key advisors to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats.

Leon Fleisher, an acclaimed pianist who teaches at the Peabody Conservatory. Although Fleisher suffered from focal dystonia, a neurological condition that causes the fingers on his right hand to curl into his palm, he continued to perform, record, teach and conduct. His condition has since improved. He was a recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors and subject of the 2006 Oscar-nominated short documentary Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story.

William “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland since 2002. Kirwan chairs the National Research Council Board of Higher Education and Workforce and co-chairs the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. He also serves on the Business-Higher Education Forum.


About the Graduating Class (as of May 6)

The total number of earned degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year is expected to be about 7,061. That includes:

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: 2,102

Whiting School of Engineering: 1,490

Carey Business School: 857

School of Education: 679

Peabody Institute: 230

School of Nursing: 46

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies: 464

School of Medicine: 266

Bloomberg School of Public Health: 927


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 19, 2:30 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Speaker: Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Carey Business School
Wednesday, May 20, 4 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Speaker: Alex Gorsky, chairman of the board and CEO of Johnson & Johnson

School of Education
Wednesday, May 20, 4 p.m., Royal Farms Arena
Speaker: Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Whiting School of Engineering – Graduate
Wednesday, May 20, 7 p.m., Homewood Field
Speaker: Salvatore “Tory” Bruno, president and CEO of United Launch Alliance

University-wide Commencement
Thursday, May 21, 8:40 a.m., Homewood Field
Speaker: Ed Catmull, a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios

School of Medicine
Thursday, May 21, 2:30 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Speaker: Robert Siliciano, professor at the School of Medicine and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

School of Advanced International Studies
Thursday, May 21, 3 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall
Speaker: Henry Paulson, former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury

Peabody Conservatory
Thursday, May 21, 7:30 p.m., Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall
Speaker: Jessye Norman, a Grammy award-winning opera singer and recitalist

Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences – Graduate Ceremony
Friday, May 22, 10 a.m., Homewood Field
Speaker: Jonathan Pevsner, a research scientist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute who’s on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Medicine



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