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2024 Convocation

2024 Convocation Ceremony Dates

The Bloomberg School's 2024 Convocation Ceremony will be held at 9am on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at Homewood Field on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus. Livestream with subsequent recording will be available.

Rain date has been set for Thursday, May 23, 2024.

Students may also attend the University-wide commencement on Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 9 a.m. ET.


Convocation Speaker

This year’s convocation speech will be delivered by Dr. Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, assistant administrator for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In that 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.

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.

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 will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 9AM at Homewood Field on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus.

Rain date has been set for Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 5PM.

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 Masters degree should order doctoral regalia.

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

All August, December 2023 and May 2024 graduates will be invited to the ceremonies.  Invitations were sent on March 5, 2024 (and reminders sent weekly).  Each graduate should have received two invitations - one for the School of Public Health Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 and one for the University Commencement ceremony on May 23, 2024.  Graduates must RSVP to each ceremony invitation separately.   The last day to RSVP to attend the ceremonies is April 19, 2024.

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.  Masters 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. 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.


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