Are you a master's degree or certificate graduate in the Whiting School of Engineering? You’ll find all the information you need for graduation week right here.

Graduation Application

All Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals students should submit an application for graduation during the final term in which their degree or certificate requirements will be completed.

2017 Ceremony Dates

Whiting School of Engineering Pre-Graduation Events for Graduate Students
Sunday, May 21, 2017
3:00 p.m. Campus Tours
4:00 p.m. Reception
Mason and Levering Halls, Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus
Baltimore, MD

Whiting School of Engineering Master's Diploma Ceremony
Monday, May 22, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Royal Farms Arena
Baltimore, MD

University-Wide Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Royal Farms Arena
Baltimore, MD

Whiting School of Engineering Pre-Graduation Events for Graduate Students

Campus Tours

Starting at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017, we invite all Johns Hopkins Engineering master's degree and certificate graduates (from both the full-time and part-time programs) and their guests to enjoy walking tours of the Homewood campus. Tours will leave from Mason Hall and end at the reception location in Levering Hall. Mason Hall (number 47 on the campus map) is the building directly above the South Garage. Each tour will cover approximately half a mile, rain or shine. Wheelchairs can be available for those that need them.


At 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017, we invite all Johns Hopkins Engineering master's degree and certificate graduates (from both the full-time and part-time programs) and their guests to attend a reception at Levering Hall (number 42 on the campus map). Meet the dean and chat with fellow graduates. Light fare will be served. If you'd like to attend the reception, please register at


For those attending the campus tours and/or reception, we suggest parking in the South Garage (the P above number 47 on the campus map). Please review the driving directions for more information.


There is an accessible entrance at the rear of Levering Hall (number 42 on the campus map). It can be accessed via Bowman Drive, which you can access from the ramp in the South Garage. If needed, additional accessible parking is available at the Greenhouse (number 28 on the campus map).

Whiting School of Engineering Master's Diploma Ceremony


The Whiting School of Engineering Master's Diploma Ceremony celebrates all Johns Hopkins Engineering master's degree and certificate graduates (from both the full-time and part-time programs). The ceremony will take place on Monday, May 22, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

RSVP Requirement for Graduates

Please reply to the e-mail that you received from the registrar's office. It is important that you respond by April 14, 2017. To respond, 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 attend the ceremonies. Those who plan to participate will receive additional information in May.

Name Pronunciation

Help us pronounce your name correctly during the ceremony by submitting your information ahead of time through MarchingOrder. To do this, please go to MarchingOrder's website, enter your e-mail address, and then click "Request Password." Click on the link within the e-mail you receive to create your password and access the site. If you do not receive the e-mail, please check you spam folder. The deadline to submit this information is May 1, 2017.

Caps and Gowns

Regalia (i.e., your cap and gown) are required for all graduates. You must order your regalia through Oak Hall by May 5, 2017 for the Master's Diploma Ceremony. There will be a very limited amount of caps and gowns available for purchase at Royal Farms Arena on the day of the event.

Duration of Ceremony

The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017, and will last about two hours. All graduates will be honored on stage.

Time of Arrival for Graduates

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. All graduates receiving a master's degree or certificate must arrive by 9:00 a.m. for check-in and line-up. Graduates arriving late may be required to line up at the end of the processional.


This year's featured speaker is Patrick M. Antkowiak. Antkowiak is corporate vice president and chief technology officer for Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leader in global security. He is responsible for developing and executing the company's corporate technology strategy, setting technology plans, and serving as the primary interface with technology leaders in the customer community, industry, and university research partners. Antkowiak earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree in computer engineering from the University of Maryland.

Live Stream Information

We will be broadcasting the Master’s Diploma Ceremony live on the web. Please visit the Johns Hopkins University Ustream channel to watch the ceremony.

Social Media

Please join us in posting your photos and thoughts throughout the ceremony. Use the hashtag #JHU2017. Follow the Whiting School of Engineering on Twitter and Facebook.

Guest Tickets

No tickets are required for guests attending the Master's Diploma Ceremony.


You can order graduation announcements through CB Graduation Announcements.


Friends and family can pre-order flowers for graduates through the Commencement Group. Pre-ordered flowers can be picked up on the day of the Master's Diploma Ceremony at Royal Farms Arena.


Commencement Photos, Inc. will take photos of the graduates as they receive their diplomas on stage. The photographer will contact the graduates directly to offer various purchasing options.

Restrictions on Personal Items

Please note the following restrictions regarding what can be brought into Royal Farms Arena on the day of the Master's Diploma Ceremony.

  • Backpacks are not permitted.
  • Bags and purses larger than 13-5/8" x 15-1/4" are not permitted.
  • Diaper bags are permitted.
  • Please do not bring wrapped gifts into the arena.
  • No balloons are allowed in the arena.
  • Food and drinks cannot be brought into the arena.

Bags and purses are subject to search. Re-entry into the arena will not be permitted once you have left.

In addition, graduates are not allowed to carry personal items such as purses and cameras across the stage. Since you might be seated in a different seat when you return from the stage, please ask your guests to hold your personal items for you during the ceremony.

Directions, Parking, and Hotels

Royal Farms Arena is located in downtown Baltimore at 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, Maryland, 21201. You can find detailed information regarding directions and parking on the university’s commencement website. There you can also find information about local hotels and special rates.


Johns Hopkins Engineering is committed to promoting the full participation of all individuals with disabilities in the Master's Diploma Ceremony.


Accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in nearby public parking garages.

Drop-Off Areas

An accessible drop-off area is available at the southeast corner of the arena, near the Hopkins Place entrance. The entrance is at W. Lombard Street. If traveling in a group, guests are encouraged to drop off those who have a disability and then to park in one of the public parking garages.

Seating and Elevators

The Master's Diploma Ceremony will have designated seating areas for people using wheelchairs. Seating is available for the individual with the disability and up to three guests on a first-come, first-served basis. This seating is located on the Level 1 Concourse behind sections 103, 104, 115, and 116.

For other guests with mobility disabilities, it is strongly recommended that you arrive early to ensure you are able to find a seat that meets your needs.

Elevators are available on the southeast and southwest corners of the building. Please see a Royal Farms Arena staff member for assistance.

Closed Captioning

Large screens will project the ceremony and each graduate as he/she crosses the stage. The ceremony will be closed-captioned on the large screens on both sides of the stage.

Sign Language Interpreters/Assisted Listening Devices

Sign language interpreters and assisted listening devices are available upon request. Reservations must be made in advance. Please contact Mark Tuminello (; 410-516-2306) by May 12 to make a request. On the day of the event, assisted listening devices will be available at Royal Farms Arena Guest Services, which is located behind section 227 (a driver’s license will need to be left in exchange for the device).

Alternative Format Programs

If you need the ceremony program presented in an alternate format (e.g., enlarged print or Braille), please contact Mark Tuminello (; 410-516-2306) by May 5. A limited number of large print copies will be available on the day of the event. Please see the ushers for large print copies.

Wheelchair Rentals

Royal Farms Arena can provide wheelchairs for moving from point A to point B only. For wheelchair rentals and accommodations, please call Northern Pharmacy at 410-254-2055.

University-Wide Commencement Ceremony

The formal conferring of degrees by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels will take place during the University-Wide Commencement Ceremony. Printed diplomas will be presented only to doctoral students and undergraduates at this ceremony. Caps and gowns are worn at this ceremony, and no tickets are required for guests. Those who plan to participate will receive additional information in early May.