Annual Events

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Blue Jay Families are invited to participate in a number of events throughout the academic year. Explore the list below to learn more about these events.

Interested in helping to plan and coordinate programming and events? Consider becoming a Blue Jay Family Ambassador!

Summer Send-Off Parties

Throughout the summer Send-Off Parties are being held in many cities across the country and around the globe to welcome Class of 2022 families. Please join us at a Send-Off Party near you to gather with fellow 2022 families, current families, alumni and university staff. We look forward to meeting you!

Orientation and Move-In

The Orientation and First-Year Experience office provides support for new students and their families to encourage a successful and enjoyable first year at JHU. Orientation occurs immediately following move-in to the residence halls.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation 2018 is Saturday, August 25 through Wednesday, August 29, 2018. The five-day orientation program will help prepare your student to successfully transition to JHU. Your Blue Jay will learn about academics and student life, meet with an advisor and a First-Year Mentor (current student), and connect with their new community.

Parent & Family Orientation

We encourage you to attend Parent and Family Orientation to learn more about all the JHU has to offer your student! Families learn about academic and student support services, hear from university administrators, and meet fellow Blue Jay Families. Parent and Family Orientation 2018 will be held Saturday, August 25 beginning midday through Sunday, August 26, ending in the early evening.

If your student is participating in a Pre-Orientation program, you do not have to return to campus for orientation and will have the opportunity to participate in a condensed Parent and Family Orientation immediately following your student’s move-in.

Family Weekend

Join us for Family Weekend to explore the campus community, connect with faculty and staff, meet fellow Blue Jay Families, and experience JHU with your student. The three-day event is packed with tours, class lectures, meet and greets, cultural events, and much more to connect you to the campus and your student’s new home.

More information about Family Weekend 2020 will be announced soon. Stay tuned!


Undergraduates in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering will participate in the university-wide commencement ceremony held at Royal Farms Arena on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. Doors open at 12 p.m. and graduates line up at 12:30 p.m. The ceremony begins with the procession at 1:30 p.m. and is expected to conclude by 5:30 p.m.

If your schedule permits, consider arriving on Wednesday, May 22, to join your graduate for other Commencement-related activities. The schedule of events will be updated throughout the year with student organization and academic department events happening on the Homewood campus on the 22nd.

Tickets are not required. Accommodations including ASL interpreters, assisted listening devices, or Braille program booklets are available for commencement attendees needing assistance. Contact the Commencement Office at or 410-516-7711 by April 23.

Parking near the arena is limited. Ceremony attendees are encouraged to utilize public transportation, taxis, rideshare services, or the Commencement shuttle from the Homewood campus. More information about transportation options is available on the Commencement website.

Our Visitor Information page has external links to hotels near the arena, frequently asked questions, details on event accessibility, and suggestions to help you commemorate your graduate’s moment. The Commencement Undergraduate Checklist contains information on ordering graduation-related items, including class rings, graduation announcements, senior portraits, and academic regalia.

In mid-November, parents of students expected to graduate in May should have received an email from the Commencement Office. If you did not receive or have questions, please contact the Commencement Office at, call 410-516-7711 or message us through Facebook or Instagram.

Upcoming Commencement Ceremonies

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Thursday, May 21, 2020