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MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Commencement May 21

WHEN: Thursday, May 21, from 8:40 a.m. to approximately noon

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

WHAT:  About 7,000 students will claim their degrees 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.

The ceremony will take place, rain or shine. There will be a press section on the playing surface of Homewood Field. ***Reporters, particularly television, MUST contact the university press office if they intend to cover the ceremony.***

The ceremony will feature remarks from President Ronald J. Daniels, the conferring of all degrees, and the bestowing of honorary degrees. This year’s honorary degree recipients are:

Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Ed Catmull, this year’s commencement speaker.

Elijah Cummings, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, re-elected in 2014 to serve a 10th term representing Maryland’s 7th district.

Anthony Deering, chairman of Exeter Capital, LLC, a private investment firm, and former chairman of the board and CEO of The Rouse Company.

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.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.

Leon Fleisher, an acclaimed pianist who teaches at the Peabody Conservatory.

William “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland since 2002.


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


A schedule of all the ceremonies, as well as greater detail about the university-wide ceremony is online at: http://releases.jhu.edu/2015/05/14/johns-hopkins-commencement-set-for-may-21/

Parking map: http://web.jhu.edu/commencement/map_parking.html

Commencement website: http://web.jhu.edu/commencement


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