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ACADEMICS

Convocation

2021-2022 Conferral Dates


August 27, 2021 for Summer graduates
December 31, 2021 for Fall graduates
May 26, 2022 for Spring graduates


The School's Convocation Ceremony and the University Commencement Ceremony are held once a year in May.

The 2022 Convocation Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. on Homewood Field.*

(*Rain date is Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

2021 Convocation

The Bloomberg School 2021 virtual convocation ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
The ceremony featured Dean Ellen MacKenzie, Kizzmekia S. Corbett, and 948 graduates from 61 countries.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

I graduated in December 2021. How will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be ordered within two weeks of the degree conferral. Your diploma will be mailed to you directly from the vendor once it is available.  Please be aware the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the USPS is resulting in shipping delays.

I completed a Certificate in December 2021. When will I receive it?

Certificates will be ordered at the beginning of February. Your certificate will be mailed to you directly from the vendor once it is available.  Please be aware the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the USPS is resulting in shipping delays.

I graduated in August 2021/ December 2021. Are graduation ceremonies held during these months?

No.  The School and University-wide graduation ceremonies are held once a year in May.  August 2021 and December 2021 graduates are welcome to participate in the May 2022 ceremonies, provided that large events are permissible under CDC guidelines.  

I plan on graduating in May 2022. When will the graduation application be available?

The graduation application for May 2022 is currently available. Log into your SIS self-service account (https://sis.jhu.edu/). The Graduation Application can be found on the “Program of Study” screen under the “Registration” tab.  The deadline to apply is February 25.

When and where is the JHSPH Convocation ceremony?

The 2022 JHSPH Convocation ceremony is at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 21, at Homewood Field (111 W University Pkwy, Baltimore, MD, 21210). Should weather prohibit the Saturday afternoon ceremony, the rain date is scheduled for Sunday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Will guests be allowed to attend?

Yes, we are planning for an in-person 2022 Convocation at which we hope to welcome all friends and family. No tickets will be required. However, the uncertain future surrounding COVID-19 restrictions could require us to make changes to the ceremony as it gets closer.  We reserve the right to change the policies of the event in the best interest of public health. Any further changes will be communicated by email and on this website.

Are tickets required?

No tickets are required at this time. However, the uncertain future surrounding COVID-19 restrictions could require us to make changes to the ceremony as it gets closer.  We reserve the right to change the policies of the event in the best interest of public health. Any further changes will be communicated by email and on this website.

What are graduates required to wear?

Each graduate will need to wear appropriate regalia (cap and gown) in order to participate in the School and universitywide graduation ceremonies.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended since graduates will be walking on turf and uneven walkways.

Are graduates required to be vaccinated to participate in the ceremony?

Yes, students participating in on-campus graduation ceremonies and events must comply with the JHU vaccination mandate and must have received either an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exception prior to coming on-campus, even if they were fully “online” students during their course of study.

Will guests be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend the ceremony?

The University encourages all guests to be vaccinated. Specific requirements for the May graduation ceremonies have not yet been determined. The University reserves the right to require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend the ceremonies. Requirements will be communicated in the spring.

Where can I find information about hotels?

Information is available at https://commencement.jhu.edu/visitor-information/hotels/.  Please note the JHSPH Convocation ceremony will be taking place on Preakness Weekend.  It is best to make arrangements as soon as possible as the demand for hotel rooms is likely to be high.

Where can I find information about parking and transportation?
Will accessible seating be available?

The ceremony will have designated seating areas for persons using wheelchairs. Seating is available for the individual with the disability and up to three companions on a first-come, first-served basis. For assistance finding seating, please see one of the Convocation volunteers or ushers at Homewood Field. Seats in the stadium are bleacher seating without seat backs. Guests are permitted to bring seat cushions or seat backs.

For other guests with mobility disabilities, it is strongly recommended that you arrive early to ensure you are able to find a seat that meets your needs. For assistance, please see an usher or Convocation volunteer.

Will an ASL interpreter and/or captioning be provided?

The ceremony will be captioned in the stadium on large screens on either side of the stage. Captions and ASL interpretation will be available on the livestream.

Any graduate or guest requesting ASL should contact jhsph_graduation@jhu.edu by April 22.

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

How will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas for May graduates will be mailed out in June as degrees are cleared regardless of attendance at the ceremony. If you have additional questions, please email jhsph_graduation@jhu.edu.

Can I elect to pick up my diploma?

All diplomas will be mailed directly from the vendor. There will be no pick up option.

More questions?  Please contact the Office of Records and Registration at jhsph_graduation@jhu.edu