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Commencement 2011

The 2011 University-wide Commencement Ceremony will take place on Homewood Field on Thursday, May 26, 2011, rain or shine. Procession begins at 8:40 a.m. Tickets are not required for admission.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bachelors Degree candidates from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering will assemble by 7:30 a.m. on Keyser Quadrangle. All other degree candidates will assemble by 7:40 a.m. in the Robert Scott Gymnasium. The procession will enter Homewood Field at 8:40 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will conclude at approximately noon.

This University-wide combined ceremony will include the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, the introduction of the new Society of Scholars members and greetings from University official.


Tickets are not required for admission. We expect a capacity crowd so guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Inclement Weather:

The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Guests should dress appropriately for the weather conditions; this includes rain and sun/heat. In the event of severe weather (thunderstorm, lighting or high winds) the ceremony will be cancelled. If such an event occurs, the information will be available on the University's weather emergency phone line: (410) 516-7781. A notice will appear on the University's home page:


The influx of guests to campus, combined with morning rush-hour traffic, will create congestion around the Homewood campus. Guests are urged to allow extra time to reach campus. Parking on campus is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, please consider carpooling. Guests who will be staying in the city are encouraged to take a taxi cab.

The former Zurich parking garage, located on Keswick and 37th Street will have a free shuttle that will run every 5 minutes starting at 7am. This garage is available for parking/shuttle service only on Thursday, May 26 between 7am and 4pm.

See here for further information on parking.

A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Lacrosse Hall of Fame parking lot entered from W. University Parkway. A state issued handicapped hangtag or license plate is required.

Passengers with disabilities, or those who may have difficulty walking across campus, may also consider being dropped off in front of Homewood Field at the Schelle Pavilion on W. University Parkway. See here for further information on event accessibility.

For questions and additional information, please call 410-516-7711 or email

Green Statement

Johns Hopkins University is committed to becoming a showpiece of environmental leadership by demonstrating smart, sensible, and creative actions that promote the vision of sustainability. The University's commitment to sustainability extends to all aspects of campus life –including events and event planning.

As one of the largest events held at Hopkins, Commencement attracts thousands of people to campus each year. The University Events Office, the Office of Sustainability, Building and Grounds Maintenance work to integrate sustainable practices into the planning process.

Sustainable Commencement practices include: minimizing print materials, selling and renting out caps and gowns made from 100% recycled materials, using stage decor that can be reused every year, using local caterers who specialize in green practices, publishing information on the web, recycling all bottles and cans, composting food scraps, switching from disposable to compostable service ware—and having these items, along with food scraps, collected for composting.

Future Commencement Dates:
2012: May 24

2013: May 23