June 3, 2015

This is your time, said Salvatore Tory Bruno, president and chief executive officer of United Launch Alliance. Whether you choose to join me in building spacecraft and rockets, or whether you choose to do noble work right here focused on earth to make all of our lives better … you will be a part of it.

On May 20, 2015, nearly 1,000 new graduates, along with their friends and family members, came together on Homewood Field to receive well-earned diplomas and listen to Bruno's inspirational address. While he focused primarily on the potential of space exploration, his speech struck a cord among all in attendance.

The dedicated part-time students of the Whiting School of Engineering are often working professionals who balance their careers, life at home, and their education. Many attend classes in the evening or online, allowing them to maintain a competitive edge at work, all while earning a prestigious master’s degree or certificate from Johns Hopkins University.

For some of our students, this may be the first time you've been to the Homewood campus, said Dexter G. Smith, associate dean of Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, as he addressed the crowd. Others of you may have completed your degrees on different campuses, in other states, or even online. But no matter where or how you earned your degree, as of today, you will all be part of the Johns Hopkins alumni network, and this campus will always welcome you.

New graduates can stay connected in a variety of ways—from attending local alumni events to sharing personal success stories with our marketing team. There are many special resources for all of the alumni of Johns Hopkins University.

Congratulations to the 2015 graduates. You can view the full Whiting School of Engineering Master’s Diploma Ceremony on our YouTube channel.