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MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Commencement Set for May 23

May 20, 2019
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More than 1,000 Johns Hopkins University students will claim their degrees Thursday, May 23, at the commencement ceremony for all of the University’s divisions and campuses.

Editor-in-chief of The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg, who has led the transformation of The Atlantic from print magazine to one of the country’s most vital online news sites, will be the commencement speaker. He will also be awarded an honorary degree  (More background information here.)

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

To cover the event, members of the media are required to RSVP and show media credentials to enter the arena.  Please use the entrance with an awning on Hopkins Pl. 

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 Goldberg, this year’s honorary degree recipients are:

Rosalie Silberman Abella: The first Canadian Supreme Court Justice to receive a Johns Hopkins honorary degree, Abella is the longest-serving judge on Canada’s highest court. She is a persuasive and eloquent defender of human rights known for her work in administrative, family, constitutional, and labor law.

An outstanding and prolific scholar and globally recognized judicial leader, Abella has shown a profound understanding of the role of law in shaping more inclusive societies and in changing individual lives. Her landmark work in the 1980s on employment barriers for women, minorities, indigenous people, and those with disabilities set the standard for the Supreme Court. The sole commissioner and author of the 1984 federal Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, she created the term and concept of “employment equity.” The theories of “equality” and “discrimination” she developed were adopted by the Supreme Court, and her report on equality has been implemented in Canada and by governments around the world.

Jeffrey H. Aronson: Aronson has devoted countless hours to advancing Johns Hopkins from nearly every angle, first as an undergraduate and later as a proud Blue Jay parent. He has served as a volunteer, donor, and fundraiser, and ultimately as chair of the university’s board of trustees.

Aronson is hailed by President Daniels and the university’s academic leaders as a generous partner who has brought tremendous insight and boundless dedication to the role of board chair. His tenure began in 2013, and he will conclude his six-year term this summer. Aronson is managing principal of Centerbridge Partners L.P., a private investment firm that manages $20 billion in capital. The firm focuses on private equity, distressed securities, and credit investments.

Jagdish N. Bhagwati: Bhagwati is celebrated as one of the most creative economic theorists of his generation and a champion of free trade. A professor of economics, law, and international affairs at Columbia University, Bhagwati favors unrestricted trade between nations as a way to raise living standards around the world while also supporting human rights and preserving the environment. Over the course of his career, Bhagwati has been deeply involved in his native India, where he is considered the father of the market reforms that transformed that country’s economy. He remains one of India’s key fiscal influencers, advocating that good jobs and higher wages can stimulate the country’s economy by helping people invest in their own education, health, and vitality.

Cecil D. Haney: U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney spent nearly 40 years protecting his country through a series of increasingly high-ranking leadership roles and joint-force assignments. Before retiring in 2017, he served for three years as commander of the United States Strategic Command, or STRATCOM, where he was responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces, including nuclear forces, missile defense, space, cyberspace, and electronic warfare. Prior to being appointed to that role in 2013, Haney served nearly two years as the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, leading the Navy’s operations from the West Coast of the United States to the Indian Ocean.

In retirement, Haney serves in an advisory capacity for multiple entities, including the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory board of managers, the General Dynamics board of directors, the Naval Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences, the Center for a New American Security board of directors, and as co-chair for the China-US Dialogue on Strategic Nuclear Dynamics for the Pacific Forum.

Helen H. Hobbs:  With her groundbreaking discovery of genetic variations that determine an individual’s susceptibility to heart disease, renowned geneticist Hobbs helped create a new class of drugs that are saving lives around the world.

Hobbs is an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the director of the McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, which serves as the Center for Human Genetics at UT Southwestern. She is also director of the Dallas Heart Study, a longitudinal, multiethnic, population-based study of Dallas County.

She has received numerous awards and accolades for her pioneering work, including the 2018 Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine, which honors physician-scientists who have advanced science with achievements that are both innovative and have potential for clinical application.

Sid Lerner: Throughout his legendary career in advertising, Lerner has created campaigns that change the way the nation thinks about everything from common household items—“Don’t Squeeze the Charmin!”—to public health and the environment.

In 2003, Lerner launched the Meatless Monday campaign, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, convincing carnivores to forgo meat one day each week to improve their health while conserving the valuable environmental resources it takes to bring meat into the global food supply. Since its launch, the campaign has grown into a global movement with programs in more than 35 countries and participation from thousands of restaurants, schools, worksites, communities, and celebrities.

About the Graduating Class (as of May 13):

The total number of earned degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year is expected to be about 9,200. That includes:

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: 2,551

Whiting School of Engineering: 1,913

Carey Business School: 1,246

School of Education: 1,049

Peabody Institute: 237

School of Nursing: 280

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies: 681

School of Medicine: 100

Bloomberg School of Public Health: 1,155

About the other ceremonies:

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

School of Public Health
Tuesday, May 21, 3 p.m., Royal Farms Arena
Speaker: Laurie Garrett, American Science journalist and author

School of Nursing
Wednesday, May 22, 11 a.m.Hippodrome Theatre
Speaker: Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director, The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation

Carey Business School
Tuesday, May 21, 2 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Speaker: Calvin G. Butler, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, BGE

School of Education
Wednesday, May 22, 9 a.m.Royal Farms Arena
Speaker: Kelly N. Harper, 2019 DC Teacher of the Year

Whiting School of Engineering – Master’s Degrees
Tuesday, May 21, 10 a.m., Royal Farms Arena
Speaker: Tyson Tuttle, President and CEO, Silicon Labs

Whiting School of Engineering and Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Tuesday, May 21, 3 p.m., Shriver Hall
Speaker: Harold (Hal) Weaver, Ph.D., New Horizons Project Scientist

School of Medicine
Wednesday, May 22, 2:30 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Speaker: Cori Bargmann, Ph.D., Head of Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Tortsen N. Wiesel Professor, The Rockefeller University, Head, Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior

School of Advanced International Studies
Wednesday, May 22, 11 a.m.DAR Constitution Hall
Speaker: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Peabody Conservatory
Wednesday, May 22, 10 a.m.Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall
Speaker: Tori Amos, Singer – Songwriter

Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences – Master’s Degrees
Wednesday, May 22, 3 p.m.Royal Farms Arena
Speaker: Rosalie Silberman Abella, jurist, Canadian Supreme Court justice


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