Two students stand in front of an ice rink, holding up stickers that read

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

Commemoration Day

Johns Hopkins University celebrates its 148th birthday in style

The JHU community marks Commemoration Day with birthday cupcakes, ice skating, and reflections on the university's past

On Feb. 22, 1976, Daniel Coit Gilman was sworn in as the first president of Johns Hopkins University, officially creating the nation's first research institution. This Commemoration Day, the JHU community reflected on 148 years of scholarship, discovery, and impact, including a memorable 2023 in which Hopkins championed democracy around the globe, opened a new building in the heart of the nation's capital, made a $7.3 billion financial impact in Baltimore, and much more. What better way to celebrate than with birthday cupcakes?

Celebrating 148 years
Commemoration Day video
Happy birthday, Hopkins!

As the nation’s first research institution, Johns Hopkins is celebrating the momentous impact students, faculty, staff, and alumni have had and will continue to make

Whether you viewed vintage photographs with Hopkins Retrospective, received a special Commemoration Day scarf at the Johns Hopkins Ice Rink, or reflected on the university's legacy with Leadership Engagement & Experiential Development, thank you to all the affiliates who made this Commemoration Day one for the books.