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2024 Convocation

2024 Convocation

The Bloomberg School's 2024 Convocation Ceremony was held at 9am on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at Homewood Field on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus.

View the Convocation Program.

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A recording of the event will be made available shortly.

Convocation Speaker

The 2024 convocation speech was delivered by Dr. Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, assistant administrator for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In his role, he oversees a bureau with a footprint of over 900 staff committed to advancing equitable delivery of public health approaches around the world. Previously, Dr. Gawande has been a practicing surgeon, nonprofit founder, and bestselling author.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When and where is the Bloomberg School of Public Health Convocation ceremony?

The Bloomberg School of Public Health holds its convocation ceremony every year in May. All Academic Year (August, December and May) graduates will be invited to participate. The 2024 ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 9am at Homewood Field on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus.

I plan to participate in one or both ceremonies, but I missed the regalia deadline, what do I do?

All ceremony participants must wear regalia. The window to order regalia closed on April 5.  If you plan to participate and missed the deadline to order regalia, please contact the JHU Bookstore for information about placing a late order. Doctoral students earning a concurrent master's degree should order doctoral regalia.

I want to attend one or both ceremony(ies). How do I RSVP?

Invitations were sent on March 5, 2024 (and reminders sent weekly) to all August and December 2023 graduates as well as those expected to graduate in May 2024. The last day to RSVP to attend the ceremonies was April 19, 2024.

Students who missed the RSVP deadline should email BSPH_graduation@jhu.edu immediately. We will do our best to add you to the ceremony but last minute requests may not be accommodated.

I am an August 2023/December 2023. Are graduation ceremonies held during these months?

No. The School and University-wide graduation ceremonies are held once a year in May. August 2023 and December 2023 graduates will be invited to participate in the May 2024 ceremonies.

What is the difference between the University Commencement ceremony and the Bloomberg School's Convocation ceremony?

The University Commencement ceremony and the Bloomberg School's Convocation ceremony are separate events, for which candidates will receive separate invitations.

All academic year graduates across all university divisions  are invited to the University Commencement ceremony. At the University ceremony, undergraduates and doctoral graduates will walk across the stage. Master's graduates are recognized in groups by division.

Only School of Public Health candidates are invited to the Bloomberg School Convocation ceremony. All graduates walk across the stage at the School's ceremony.

I want to invite family or friends who do not live in the U.S. How do I obtain a Consulate Letter of Invitation?

Graduates can obtain a Consulate Letter of Invitation by opening a SEAM case under the Records and Registration -> Inquire or apply for graduation topic area. Please include the names and relationship of each invitee in your request.

Will tickets be required?

Tickets are not required for family and guests of graduates to attend the ceremonies. There is no limit to the number of guests graduates can invite.

How will I receive my diploma?

All diplomas are mailed directly from the vendor and will be mailed to the Diploma Address listed in SIS Self Service under Personal Info -> Summary. Graduates should verify their Diploma Address is correct no later than May 17 to ensure the vendor receives the desired information.

Orders are placed about one week after the conferral date. Diplomas shipped to domestic addresses take 6-8 weeks to arrive and  8-12 weeks for international addresses. Graduates will receive an email from the vendor when their diploma has been mailed. 

Students with running balances or financial holds will have their diplomas held with the vendor. Students should submit a case to SEAM once the balance is paid and/or hold is lifted to request the release of their diploma. 

I earned a certificate. When will it post to my transcript?

Depending on when confirmation of completion is received, certificates will post to the transcript between one and four weeks after the conferral date. Certificates are ordered after the conferral notations have been posted to student transcripts.

 

I will be participating in the Public Health Convocation ceremony on May 22. What time should I arrive?

Graduates should plan to report to Robert Scott Gym (within the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center) on the Homewood campus by 7:15AM to allow time to check in and be seated on the field.

Graduates will need to pass through security before entering the gym to check in. Large bags, backpacks, umbrellas, balloons, posters, banners, flags, and noise makers or amplification are among the items that are not permitted in the gym or in the stadium. A full list of prohibited items can be found on the university’s Commencement website.

All graduates and guests should have a photo ID available.  All purses and other small bags will be searched. This will slow entry into the gym and into the stadium so please plan accordingly.

Gates will open for guests at 8:00AM.

Graduates who have RSVP'd that they intend to participate in the May 22nd Convocation ceremony will receive detailed information by email no later than May 15th.

Where should I go to check in for the Convocation ceremony on May 22?

Participating graduates should plan to report to Robert Scott gym (within the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center) by 7:15AM on May 22nd to check in.  

Graduates will need to pass through security before entering the gym to check in. Large bags, backpacks, umbrellas, balloons, posters, banners, flags, and noise makers or amplification are among the items that are not permitted in the gym or in the stadium. A full list of prohibited items can be found on the university’s Commencement website.

All graduates and guests should have a photo ID available.  All purses and other small bags will be searched. This will slow entry into the gym and into the stadium so please plan accordingly.

You will receive your "readers" card with your name. This is the card that will be handed to the reader  when it is your turn to cross the stage. Do not lose this card.

Master's student may sit in any seat within their degree group. Doctoral within their department group for the hooding ceremony. Seating charts and staff will be available to help seat graduates.

Where should my guests sit?

Guests will have access to the stadium bleacher seats on a first come first served basis. Graduates will be seated from approximately the 40 yard line forward (toward the stage).

Please note: Guests, including children, will not be permitted on the field during the ceremony.

Will the Public Health Convocation ceremony be live streamed?

Yes, the ceremony will be live streamed. The link to the live stream will be available on this page on the day of the ceremony.

When will the ceremony conclude?

We expect the ceremony will be two and a half to three hours long. We ask all participants to remain until that last graduate's name is read and faculty have left the stage.

Are there restrictions on what can be brought into Robert Scott Gym and onto Homewood Field?

All students will pass through security before entering Robert Scott Gym (within the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center) to check-in. Students, faculty, and guests will go through magnetometers upon arrival and are recommended to arrive early to make it through security. Students and faculty should carry their regalia with them as they enter the magnetometers to speed up the process. 

It is recommended that you leave personal items at home or at your accommodation. All bags and purses will be searched upon entering the gym and stadium, and restrictions are as follows:

  • Bags and purses larger than 13” x 15”, including luggage, are not permitted. Diaper bags are permitted.
  • Backpacks and luggage are not permitted. Please plan to have your large bags or luggage stored at your hotel/accommodation if you need to check out prior to the ceremony. Bags that do not meet the requirements will not be permitted into the stadium and bag check will not be provided.
  • Wrapped gifts and balloons are not allowed.
  • Signs, posters, banners, and flags will not be allowed inside the stadium for safety reasons.
  • Umbrellas are not permitted inside the stadium. In case of rain, please bring a rain jacket. If needed during the ceremony, ponchos will be provided.
  • Food and drinks are allowed in the stands but may not be brought onto the field.  Only water will be permitted on the field.
  • Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco are strictly prohibited, including e-cigarettes.
  • Pets are not permitted in or around Homewood Field with the exception of Service Dogs.
  • Knives, fireworks, laser pointers, lighters, or weapons of any kind are not permitted.
  • Firearms are not permitted (including non-uniform law enforcement officer and concealed carry permit holders).
  • Horns, cow bells, whistles or any artificial noisemakers or laser pointers are not permitted.

Guests are permitted to bring an unopened water bottle, and a seat cushion or seat back.

Can I leave after my name is called?

Out of respect for all members of the graduating class, all participants are expected to stay until the last student's name is called and the Chief Marshal closes the ceremony. However, if it is necessary to leave early, we ask you to move quickly and quietly to an exit to avoid disrupting others. Please do not gather in the area of the field behind student seating (it is distracting to speakers on the stage). Please note there is no re-entry upon leaving the stadium.

What if it rains?

The ceremony will be held if the forecast is for light rain or sprinkles. Guest seating is not under cover. Guests should come prepared if these conditions are forecast.

Any decision to postpone the ceremony to the rain date of May 23 at 5PM will be made by 5:30AM on May 22. Notification will appear on this page as well as though the Student, Faculty and Staff listservs.

Will there be printed programs?

Yes, printed programs will be available. Each graduate will receive a program prior to the ceremony. Copies will also be available for guests. To reduce waste, we ask that guests only take a copy if they wish to keep it. A PDF version of the program will also be available on this site.

Where can I park for the ceremony?

Please visit the Parking and Transportation page for complete details on parking and other transportation options for the ceremony.

Will accessible seating be available?

The ceremony will have a designated seating area for persons needing ADA seating. Seating is available for the individual with the disability and one companion on a first-come, first-served basis.

Will an ASL interpreter and/or captioning be provided?

Captions will be available on the livestream of the ceremony. An ASL interpreter will be located in front of the accessible seating area.

Any graduate or guest requesting ASL should contact the Commencement Office, commencement@jhu.edu, by April 26.

In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Are wheelchairs available at the ceremony?

Wheelchairs are not available at Homewood Field. For more information or to arrange a wheelchair rental for the event, please call Northern Pharmacy & Medical Equipment at (410) 254-2055.

Are large print versions of the Convocation program available?

A limited number of large-print copies of the Convocation program will be available at the accessible seating area. The program will also be posted to this site in PDF format which can be enlarged.

I am a doctoral student and ordered regalia rental. When can I pick it up?

Rental regalia pick up at the JHU Barnes and Nobel begins in store on May13th. Doctoral students can pick up their regalia anytime during business hours. Regalia is due back to the bookstore by the end of the business day (7 pm) on May 24th.

Regalia can be returned after the ceremony on May 22nd to the return station set up outside the entrance to Robert Scott Gym (within the Ralph O'Connor Recreation Center).

Is there a safety and security plan?

As we do every year, Johns Hopkins has a comprehensive safety and security plan in place to support all school celebrations. This plan includes preparations for the possibility of demonstration activity. While we support freedom of expression, the ceremonies are academic events—and it is a moment that so many people have worked so hard to make possible. It is not an appropriate venue for disruptive behavior or violations of University policy. Disruptions can result in disciplinary action, including immediate removal from the event and/or the withholding of a student’s diploma pending the outcome of student conduct proceedings.

Graduates will pass through security before entering the gym to check in and guests will pass through security before entering the stadium. Large bags, backpacks, umbrellas, balloons, posters, banners, flags, and noise makers or amplification are among the items that are not permitted in the gym or in the stadium. A full list of prohibited items can be found on the university’s Commencement website.

All graduates and guests should have a photo ID available.  All purses and other small bags will be searched. This will slow entry into the gym and into the stadium so please plan accordingly.

For information on applying to graduate and degree conferral, go to the Office of Records and Registration website.

2023 Convocation

The Bloomberg School's 2023 Convocation Ceremony was held Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at Homewood Field on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus. 

These ceremonies honor students with conferral dates in August 2022, December 2022, and May 2023. 

The Class of 2023 is the largest graduating class in the School’s history.