FAQ

I graduated in December 2016. Can I attend the ceremonies in May?

Yes! Everyone who graduates the year prior to the ceremony is welcome to attend. For the 2017 graduation ceremonies, everyone who graduated in Summer 2016, Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 can attend.

I will graduate in Summer 2017 – the semester just following the graduation ceremonies. Can I attend?

Unfortunately, you cannot. Only students who graduate prior to the 2017 ceremonies (Summer 2016, Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 can attend.)

What is the difference between the two ceremonies?

You are welcome to attend both, either one, or neither ceremony. To help you decide which you’d like to attend, here are some important characteristics of the two events: All students at JHU are invited to the University-wide commencement. This is on May 24, 2017. At this event, all of the undergraduate and PhD candidates walk across the stage. All degrees are conferred at this event. There are approximately 10,000 people (students, faculty, and guests) in attendance. Historically, about 20-30 KSAS Master’s degree candidates attend this event. Master’s degree candidates do not walk across the stage at this event. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) graduation ceremony is for KSAS Master’s degree candidates only. This is on May 22, 2017. At this event, all master’s degree candidates walk across the stage. There are approximately 2,500 people (students, faculty, and guests) in attendance. Historically, about 450 KSAS Master’s degree candidates attend this event.

My family is traveling from another country to attend my graduation ceremony. Can they receive an invitation letter to help process their visas?

The Office of International Students has told us that an invitation from the graduating school does not help in the processing of travel visas. For this reason, we do not write invitations to family members. However, we hope that they will attend, so we encourage you and your family to look into the visa process as early as possible.

Guests want to accompany me to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences graduation ceremony on Monday, May 22. Do I need tickets?

No tickets are required for this event. Graduates are welcome to invite as many guests as they’d like.

Will the ceremony be webcasted?

Yes. The webcast will be broadcast live the day of the ceremony. More information will be available as we near the event.

Are there any restrictions on what I can bring into the Arena?

Yes. All bags and purses could be searched upon entering the arena. Backpacks are not permitted in the arena. Bags and purses larger than 13 5/8″ x 15 1/4″ are also not permitted. Diaper bags are permitted. Please do not bring wrapped gifts into the arena. No balloons are allowed in the arena. Re-entry to the arena will not be permitted. Food and drinks may not be brought into the arena.

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed to all students.

I received good grades.  Are there any honors cords, insignia or other distinctions that I will receive at the ceremony.  

 Unfortunately, no honors distinctions are given at the KSAS Graduation Ceremony.

How can I order a frame for my diploma?

Frames can be ordered online.

Will there be class rings available for purchase?

Yes. Class rings can be ordered through balfour.com.

Can I order a personal announcement?

Yes. Announcementscan be ordered through balfour.com.

Will there be photos available for purchase?

Yes. Photographers from GradImages will be on stage to take pictures as you shake hands with the Dean of the Krieger School. Details on how to purchase individual photographs will be sent out by email shortly after the Graduate Ceremony. Please visit the GradImages website for more information.

Will there be a DVD of the ceremony available for purchase?

No.

Will there be a flowers available for me to purchase for my graduate?

Yes. Flowers and T-shirts featuring the graduates’ names will be available for purchase at commencement and at the following link.