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2022 Convocation


A recording will be available in the coming days.

The Bloomberg School 2022 Convocation ceremony was held Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. on Homewood Field.*

The speaker was Dr. Margaret Hamburg, an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine.

View the Convocation Brochure, including the list of graduates and awardees, here.

Final, updated directions for graduates are available here. For more information, please review the details and FAQs below.

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.

2019-20 and 2020-21 graduates are invited to a special celebration on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When and where is the BSPH Convocation ceremony?

Attend the 2022 BSPH Convocation in person or online. The ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 21, at Homewood Field (111 W University Pkwy, Baltimore, MD, 21210). It will also be livestreamed at this link.

Should weather prohibit the Saturday ceremony, the rain date is scheduled for Sunday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Who can participate in the BSPH Convocation ceremony?

Summer and Fall 2021 graduates and Spring 2022 graduates are invited to participate in the May 21st ceremony.

Graduates from the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years are invited to a special celebration on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. 

Will guests be allowed to attend?

Yes, we are planning for an in-person and online 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 for in person ceremony.

Online guests can livestream the event at this link.

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.

Will the ceremony be live streamed?

Yes. The ceremony will be live streamed on this page. The University will also provide an air-conditioned location for family members and friends to watch the proceedings together in Shriver Hall, located at 3400 N. Charles Street on the John Hopkins University campus (view campus map). Shriver Hall will open for guests at 4:30 p.m. Additionally, the nearby South Garage will be open for free parking.

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.  Regalia should be removed from the bag and placed on a hanger well in advance of the ceremony. Light breathable clothing is also recommended due to the heat forecast.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended since graduates will be walking a distance on soft turf and uneven walkways.  Please let us know if you are unable to manage the distance between the Robert Scott Gym and Homewood Field and need accommodations. 

I plan to participate in Convocation, but have not ordered regalia. Can I still order it?

Yes.  Regalia may be ordered through the Johns Hopkins Barnes & Noble bookstore (3330 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218) through Sat., May 21.  

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.

Unvaccinated students and guests may livestream the event at this link.

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.

What other COVID-19 protocols will be in place for the ceremony?

The ceremony will follow all university guidelines around masking and distancing.  The most current guidelines for campus events are available here:

For answers to frequently asked questions please visit the University’s Coronavirus Information FAQs page for the most up-to-date information.

Please note that masks are required for graduates checking in to the Robert Scott Gym.

Where can I find information about hotels?

Information is available at  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, transportation, and other accessibility?

Complimentary event parking in the South Garage and the San Martin Garage on the Homewood Campus is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The San Martin Garage is the closest garage to Homewood Field. Way-finder maps and signs can be found at various locations around the campus. Additionally, Google Maps walking directions can guide you from the parking garages to Homewood Field

Buses will run on a loop between the garages and Homewood Field.

In addition to garage parking, street parking is available in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus. Pay special attention to signs posted for associated fees or permit restrictions.

More information can be found here at

If you are driving, please consider carpooling. Guests who are staying near Homewood Campus or elsewhere in Baltimore are encouraged to walk, take a taxi, use a ride share service, or take public transportation.

**Be aware that Eastbound W. University Parkway will be closed from the intersection at San Martin Drive/W. 39th St. until Canterbury Rd to provide for ADA Parking close to Homewood Field. Please follow posted detour signs and allow extra time as you approach this area**


What happens in the event of inclement weather?

A communication will go out via the School listservs in the event the ceremony cannot take place. The information will also be posted to this page.

Graduates will be provided with ponchos if the forecast is for light rain or sprinkles.  Please note: Graduate and guest seating is not under cover

What time do I need to arrive at Homewood Field?

Graduates should arrive at Homewood Field no later than 4:45 p.m.

Are there restrictions on what can be brought to Homewood Field?

We recommend that you leave personal items at home or at your accommodation. All bags and purses may be searched upon entering the stadium. Restrictions are as follows:

  • Bags and purses larger than 13” x 15”, including luggage, are also 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.
  • Food and drinks, with the exception of water, may not be brought into the stadium.
  • 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.
  • Firearms, knives, fireworks or weapons of any kind are not permitted.
  • 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.

When is the earliest guests can be seated?

Gates at Homewood Field open at 4:30pm.

Where should I tell my guests to sit so they can see me?

An approximate student seating chart is available here.  

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. 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. 

**Please note that wheelchairs are not available at Homewood Field. If you need to arrange a wheelchair rental for the event, please contact Northern Pharmacy at 410-254-2056**

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.

Assisted listening devices are available upon request. Please contact the Commencement Office at or 410-516-7711 for more information.

The program will be posted to this page in a PDF format, but a limited number of large print programs will be available at the ceremony.

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

Are service animals allowed?

Yes. Service animals are the only animals permitted at Homewood Field. Emotional Support Animals and other pets are not permitted.

Will there be food concessions?

No. Food concessions will not be available. Water will be provided to graduates and guests. 

Will there be First Aid locations?

Yes. There will be one First Aid location at the North Gate and another to the left of the main stage. 

Where are the restrooms located?

Restrooms are located under the bleachers on both sides of the field.  Additional temporary restrooms will be available to the left of the main stage (near the First Aid tent).

All-gender restrooms with ADA accessibility are available in the Athletic Center lobby and in the locker room in the basement of the Recreation Center (near the pool entrance).

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

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