With our community's safety as our highest priority, we have made the difficult decision to conduct our university wide Commencement exercises virtually. We recognize that this change will disappoint many who looked forward to the opportunity to celebrate with family, loved ones and friends, but we remain committed to commemorating this milestone in our graduates' lives.

Please see the adjusted virtual commencement plans below.

For more information from the university on COVID-19, please visit coronavirus.jhu.edu.

2020 Virtual Ceremony Dates*

Whiting School of Engineering Virtual Master's Degree Recognition Ceremony

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Virtual webcast event.
A recording will be posted for those unable to view the event live.
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Application for Graduation required by April 27, 2020.

Please note: an in-person "re-do" of the WSE Master's Diploma Ceremony will be held in the fall of 2020 or in the spring of 2021 (the timing will be dependent on conditions being safe for participants and attendees). More information will be forthcoming as planning progresses.

University-Wide Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 21, 2020
11:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

More information regarding the University-Wide Virtual Commencement Ceremony may be found on the main JHU commencement page.

*Please visit this page again for more information about the 2020 events. We will add details as we receive them.

Whiting School of Engineering Virtual Master's Degree Recognition Ceremony


Congratulations! You are approaching a significant academic milestone: the completion of your master's degree or certificate program at the Whiting School of Engineering. Though the COVID-19 pandemic precludes us from celebrating your accomplishment in person at this time, the faculty and I look forward to marking this occasion with you through a virtual Whiting School of Engineering Virtual Master's Degree Recognition Ceremony, set for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19.

Graduation Application

All Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals students must submit an application for graduation during the final term in which their degree or certificate requirements will be completed. To do this, please log in to SIS, and then look for Registration, Program of Study Info, and Apply to Graduate. You must do this even if you do not plan to participate the ceremonies.

Please note that only graduates who complete degree requirements prior to the ceremony date will be allowed to participate in Commencement activities.

Interactive Graduate Participation

You can participate in this special event by sharing with us at least one photograph that will be displayed along with your name and your degree or certificate information. (Please note that the event is intended for students from both full-time and part-time graduate programs.) Please submit at least one and up to four additional pictures, and we encourage you to personalize your entry further by creating a short video in which you respond to one of the question prompts on the submission page. The deadline for submitting pictures and video is Monday, April 27. No tickets are required for guests who plan to share this virtual event with you. All are welcome!

Please review the media submission tips before submitting your data.

All students will be able to download a short clip showing their degree and photo after the event. Any additional photos or videos will be edited together a provided in the downloadable clip as a remembrance of the event.


A digital copy of all May 2020 graduates' diplomas will be available by the end of May 2020, and physical diplomas should arrive in your home mailboxes in June/July. Further information about diplomas is forthcoming from the Registrar's Office.


This year's featured speaker is Dale Bennett, Executive Vice President, Rotary and Mission Systems at Lockheed Martin.

Social Media

Please join us in posting your photos and thoughts throughout the virtual ceremony. Use the hashtag #JHU2020. Follow the Whiting School of Engineering on Twitter and Facebook.

Caps and Gowns

If you have already purchased and received regalia (i.e., your cap and gown) and are now interested in receiving a refund, see the appropriate instructions below. Regardless of which location you are instructed to return the regalia to, you must include a copy of the order confirmation that you received via email, as well as your phone number and email address. Please note that if you purchased regalia online and chose Ship to Bookstore, you should have received a refund Monday, March 22, 2020 from Oak Hall and should have been notified via email.

Unopened Master's regalia:
You must return regalia by mail to Oak Hall, our regalia vendor, for a refund.
The mailing address is:
Oak Hall Cap & Gown
3812 Blue Ridge Drive
Roanoke, VA 24153

Opened Master's regalia:
You must return your regalia to Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble for a refund and it will be processed when it is safe for the store to reopen. This can be in person or by mail.
The mailing address is:
Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble
ATTN: Store Manager
3330 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

All Rented Doctoral regalia, regardless of whether or not it has been opened:
You must return your rental regalia by mail to Oak Hall, our regalia vendor, for a refund.
The mailing address is:
Oak Hall Cap & Gown
3812 Blue Ridge Drive
Roanoke, VA 24153

If you still wish to purchase regalia and have it shipped to you, you may do so through Oak Hall once the site has been reopened.