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The Johns Hopkins SAIS 2020 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  

Johns Hopkins SAIS 2019 Commencement Ceremony

2020 Commencement Ceremony 

The 2020 Commencement ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 11:00 am at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Doors to the hall will open at 10:00 am to all guests and students.

Tickets are required for family and guests of graduates.

The doors will close to all guests and students at 10:50 am and will remain closed until 11:25 am – no exceptions. Do not be late. Plan for traffic and weather.

Reception: The reception will be held at 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024).

We recommend you contact Uber/Lyft to pre-schedule a ride prior to the event. There are also numerous car services in the Washington DC area, and we will be alerting cab companies of the ceremony end time (approximately 1:30 pm).

Johns Hopkins SAIS Commencement (Washington DC)
Wednesday May 20, 2020
11:00 a.m.

All Johns Hopkins SAIS students are invited to attend The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) commencement ceremony in Washington DC. The ceremony will take place in DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street, NW, Washington DC 20006.

Disability Access
Graduates or guests requiring special accommodations for disabilities should contact the events team at by Monday, May 4, 2020. Please describe the accommodation you are requesting.

JHU Commencement (Baltimore)
Thursday May 21, 2020
11:30 am

All Johns Hopkins SAIS students are invited to attend The Johns Hopkins University wide commencement ceremony in Baltimore at Royal Farms Arena (201 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201). Please indicate that you plan to attend this ceremony when you submit your Application to Graduate. Directions, maps, and parking information can be found on the University's graduation site. Contact the events team at to confirm your attendance and receive further instructions.

All Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates are welcome to walk in the ceremony. You will be asked to stand to be recognized. The Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates will not process across the stage. For more information, please monitor the JHU commencement website.
Johns Hopkins SAIS Student Grad Fair (Washington DC)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Frequently Asked Questions 

Yes, the graduation ceremony will be live streamed at the time of the event for viewing. The link will be available one week prior to the event.

The speaker will be announced at a later date.  

Graduates may receive an unlimited number of tickets for their guests to enter the graduation ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall. Tickets are free of charge. On your application to graduate, you can indicate the number of tickets that you would like to receive. This number can be updated when you pick up the tickets at the grad fair.  Each guest must have a ticket to enter the ceremony. This year we will distribute color coded tickets; regular tickets for guests, family members, and friends, tickets for persons with physical disabilities, and VIP’s. 

What does my color-coded ticket mean?

  • White ticket – guest access through the doors on 18th street
  • Blue ticket – VIP access through the doors on C street
  • Purple ticket – persons who need physical accommodations enter on D street
  • All graduates enter through the D street entrance

Please contact to request accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations. The ceremony venue will have designated seating areas for persons needing physical accommodations. Seating is available for the individual and up to three companions on a first-come, first-served basis.

The venue will have designated seating areas for those who require accessible seating options. Color coded tickets, requested by your graduate, will be distributed during or after the grad fair. Seating is available for the person with the disability and up to three companions. Once you enter through the D street entrance ushers will escort you to your seats. Please contact if you need additional assistance.

Wheelchairs are not available at DAR, but if you believe you need a wheelchair please contact us no later than three weeks prior to the ceremony.

Parking in Washington DC is limited. Johns Hopkins SAIS and DAR Constitution Hall cannot provide parking spaces for graduation attendees. The school suggests guests use the DC Metro System or a taxi. Washington is also a pedestrian-friendly city. The walking distance between the school and Constitution Hall is approximately 20-25 minutes.

For guests who need to bring cars, there are public parking garages in the vicinity that may be of use. Near the school, for example, there is a limited amount of parking at Park America at 1776 Massachusetts Avenue NW and Colonial Parking at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW. In addition, Colonial Parking offers reservable parking near DAR Constitution Hall.

DAR will not let anyone in the venue before 10:00 am. Please ensure you have adequate protection from the elements if you arrive before 10:00 am.

Balloons, posters, and flowers are not permitted into DAR Constitution Hall. 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. Re-entry to the arena will not be permitted. Food and drinks may not be brought into the arena unless medically necessary or for small children.

All graduates must apply for graduation, regardless of whether they are attending the ceremony in May. The deadline for the Application for Graduation is Friday, February 14, 2020. To access and complete the application follow the steps below.

1. SIS self-service (

2. Select the “Registration” menu.

3. Choose “Program of Study” from the drop down.

4. Click “Graduation Application and Verification.”

5. Complete all required fields* and click “Submit.”

6. Print a copy of the application for your record and/or advisor.

*Please use the most current mailing and email address as this will be where you receive all commencement information. Your diploma will be mailed to this address. The registrar will confirm your mailing address closer to commencement.

  • Caps and gowns can be purchased through the Oak Hall website for $90. The website will be live at a later date.
  • All students participating in the ceremony must have an approved cap, gown, and hood and tassel to be able to walk in the ceremony. The only exception will be made for those individuals wearing their military dress uniform. Graduate students will be able to keep their caps, gowns, and hoods. PhD candidates must purchase or rent gowns.
  • Caps and gowns will be shipped directly to Johns Hopkins SAIS and will be available for pickup at the grad fair. All students who are walking in the graduation ceremony procession must pick up their caps and gowns during this time.
  • Doctoral students renting regalia must return it following the last ceremony attended. All rental items are coded. An Oak Hall representative will be there to verify the return of all items. Students will be charged $900 for items not returned by May 22, 2020.
  • All students are invited to attend the Grad Fair in the Kenney-Herter Auditorium of the Nitze Building. We will be distributing caps & gowns and tickets. There will be a demonstration on how to wear your cap & gown. Our team will be available to answer questions about the ceremony and the reception.
  • Invitations to the ceremony are digital and can be sent electronically.

Wednesday and Thursday, April 22 & 23, 2020 in Kenney-Herter Auditorium.


  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm 
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Email or call 202.999.3332.

Information for Out of Town Guests

2020 Special Hotel Rates for Johns Hopkins SAIS families will be added at a later date.

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  • Google Maps: Get driving and walking directions, or type in an address to locate nearby restaurants, shops, Metro stops and other landmarks.

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