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ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Commencement Set for May 24

May 22, 2017
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About 1,500 students will claim their degrees Wednesday, May 24, at the commencement ceremony for all of Johns Hopkins University’s divisions and campuses.

Journalist Frank Bruni, whose 22-year career at The New York Times has included stints as White House correspondent, restaurant critic, and now columnist, will be the speaker. Bruni will also receive an honorary degree at the event.

Commencement will take place at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., in downtown Baltimore. The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. and the arena will open at noon.

To cover the ceremony, reporters will be required to RSVP and show media credentials to enter the arena.

The ceremony will feature remarks from university President Ronald J. Daniels, the conferring of degrees and the bestowing of honorary degrees. In addition, all students in attendance will have their names announced as they file on stage to have their degrees recognized. Students will receive diplomas following the event.

In addition to Bruni, this year’s honorary degree recipients are:

Amy Gutmann: A renowned political scientist, philosopher, bioethicist, professor and author, Gutmann is the eighth president of the University of Pennsylvania. She is internationally recognized for championing access to higher education.

Carla Hayden: Hayden is the first woman and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. In Baltimore, she is beloved as the longtime leader of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Katherine C. Johnson: An inspiration for the movie Hidden Figures, Johnson’s life presents a compelling tale of one African-American woman’s achievement in the era of segregation. She spent 33 years at NASA, including as a member of the organization’s all-black West Area Computing section, and serving a vital role in the U.S. space program’s early years. Johnson received her honorary degree last month during a special ceremony at her home alongside family members because she is unable to travel to Baltimore for commencement.

Ralph S. O’Connor: A 1951 graduate of Johns Hopkins, O’Connor has been an ardent supporter of student life at Johns Hopkins by establishing a scholarship fund for undergraduates at the Krieger School for Arts and Sciences, a chair in biology, and a professorship in economics. He also helped to bring a state-of-the-art recreation center to the Homewood campus – a center that bears his name.

Harold Varmus: In 1989, Varmus was co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for research on genes that cause cancer. He led the National Institutes of Health from 1993 to 1999, when he worked with Congress to double the agency’s operating budget. Varmus is now the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.


About the Graduating Class (as of May 12):

The total number of earned degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year is expected to be about 7,100. That includes:

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: 2,116

Whiting School of Engineering: 1,133

Carey Business School: 1,082

School of Education: 726

Peabody Institute: 224

School of Nursing: 154

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies: 607

School of Medicine: 266

Bloomberg School of Public Health: 837


About the other ceremonies:

The nine academic divisions will hold the following additional commencement events:

School of Public Health
Tuesday, May 23, 3 p.m., Royal Farms Arena
Speaker: Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance

School of Nursing
Thursday, May 25, 11 a.m., Shriver Hall
Speaker: Martha Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN

Carey Business School
Tuesday, May 23, 9 a.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Speaker: John G. Rice, Vice Chairman of General Electric

School of Education
Tuesday, May 23, 9 a.m., Royal Farms Arena
Speaker: Mark Shriver, President, Save the Children Action Network

Whiting School of Engineering – Graduate
Monday, May 22, 10 a.m., Royal Farms Arena
Speaker: Patrick M. Antkowiak, Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Northrop Grumman

School of Medicine
Tuesday, May 23, 3 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Speaker: Ronald R. Peterson, President, Johns Hopkins Health System and Executive Vice President, Johns Hopkins Medicine

School of Advanced International Studies
Thursday, May 25, 11 a.m., DAR Constitution Hall
Speaker: Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

Peabody Conservatory
Tuesday, May 23, 10 a.m., Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall
Speaker: Hilary Hahn, Violinist

Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences – Graduate Ceremony
Monday, May 22, 3 p.m., Royal Farms Arena
Speaker: Tamara Rosenberg, Documentary Filmmaker


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