Top 10 Things to Help You Plan Your Class of 2018 Celebration

  1. Graduates are encouraged to attend the Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins University Graduation Fair April 12 to 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Students will be able to purchase their cap and gown, personalized announcements, and diploma frames here. GradImages® also will be on-site to take senior portraits. Graduates can also purchase a cap and gown online.
  2. Wednesday, May 23 is the Senior Celebration, a day of academic receptions and club gatherings on Homewood campus. Visit the Senior Celebration page for specific event information.
  3. Tickets are required for the Senior Toast, a Homewood undergraduate champagne and dessert reception, on Wednesday, May 23 from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. A student may request up to 5 tickets, which should include one for themselves. Tickets, including for the graduates, are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please encourage your student to reserve tickets early.
  4. On the day of Commencement, Thursday, May 24, doors to the Royal Farms Arena will open at 12:00 p.m. Student lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are not required for the ceremony.
  5. For the safety of our guests, all backpacks and bags larger 13″ x 15″ are not permitted in the Royal Farms Arena (including camera bags, purses, and any luggage). All bags, regardless of size, will be searched upon entry to the arena.
  6. Public parking is limited around the arena. We encourage families to consider the Commencement shuttle, public transportation, Uber, Lyft or a taxi. Information is available on the Commencement Parking and Transportation page.
  7. On Thursday, May 24 JHU will operate a shuttle beginning at 9:30 a.m. from Mason Hall on Homewood campus to the Royal Farms Arena. Free parking, on a first-come, first-served basis, is available in the South Garage on campus.
  8. For family and friends who cannot attend Commencement, the ceremony will be webcast. A link to the webcast will be available on the Commencement website’s Stories & Pictures page the week of May 21.
  9. To request ASL interpreters, assisted listening devices, and large print or Braille program booklets contact the Commencement Office at or 410-516-7711 by April 24.
  10. Stay connected with us on social media! Follow Commencement on Facebook or on Instagram at @jhucommencement, #jhu2018.

In March, parents of students expected to graduate in May should have received a letter and email from the Commencement Office. If you did not receive your letter or email, or have questions, please contact the Commencement Office at