Class of 2021 to celebrate Commencement with in-person ceremony

Event will be held on the Homewood Field and limited to graduating seniors. Friends, family, and guests will be able to participate through livestream.

Graduate sits on the Johns Hopkins gateway sign

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

The class of 2021 will celebrate their Commencement with an in-person ceremony on Homewood Field, Johns Hopkins University announced this morning.

The Commencement office discussed the possibility of a graduate-only, in-person, ceremony based on public health guidance and state and local regulations.

"It's incredibly exciting to hear this announcement," said William Cho, president of the senior class government and member of the Commencement committee. "The commencement planning staff has been receptive to suggestions and concerns from the students on the planning committee, and I am so thankful for all of their hard work to make this feasible. I have my fingers crossed with cautious optimism."

For the safety of the attendees, only graduating seniors will be permitted to attend the ceremony, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 27 with a rain date of 11:30 a.m. May 28.

During the ceremony, students will be recognized from their seats with a custom recognition slide. Participating seniors must register on Marching Order by April 20 to be included in the ceremony.

While only graduating seniors will attend the Homewood Field ceremony, guests are invited to attend virtually via livestream. Additionally, students—as well as friends, family members, faculty and staff—are invited to submit photos and videos to be included in the ceremony.

While organizers are optimistic about the in-person ceremony, plans may need to change based on public health guidance and state and local regulations. Updates and more information will be shared on the Commencement website, Facebook, and Instagram.