Annual Events

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 held in many cities across the country and around the globe to welcome Class of 2025 families and give them a chance to gather with fellow 2025 families, current families, alumni, and university staff.

This year the Summer Send-Off parties for the Class of 2025 will be virtual; however, you will still have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other Blue Jay families. Send-Off dates will be posted in late spring on the Blue Jay Families website. 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 at the residence halls.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a five-day program that will help prepare your student to transition to JHU successfully. 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 that JHU has to offer your student! Families learn about academic and student support services, hear from university administrators, and meet fellow Blue Jay Families. Once more details are available the schedule will be placed on the Blue Jay Families website.

If your student is participating in a Pre-Orientation program, families do not have to return to campus for Move-In.

Attendance at Family Orientation is not required but highly recommended. All programming will be through Zoom.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend is an opportunity for families and students to learn more about the campus community, meet fellow Blue Jay Families, and experience JHU together. Family Weekend 2021 is scheduled for October 15–17.


Undergraduates in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering will participate in the university-wide Commencement ceremony at Homewood Field on Homewood campus.

The 2021 university-wide Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to Friday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m.

Family, friends, guests, and graduate degree candidates of the Class of 2021 are invited to join via livestream. So that we may provide the safest experience for the participating graduates, we ask that family and friends not come to campus for the event.

If you have additional questions please visit the FAQ section of the Commencement website as well as the Undergraduate Checklist. Families of seniors are also invited to join the Senior Parent Challenge to honor their graduating student.

Upcoming Commencement Ceremonies

  • Thursday, May 26, 2022