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2021 Commencement

Congratulations Class of 2021!

Although public health guidelines prohibited us from celebrating in-person, we had the opportunity to honor the hard work, perseverance and accomplishments of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Class of 2021 through a special virtual ceremony.

Watch The SAIS DC 2021 Commencement Ceremony

On May 22, 2021, SAIS Europe held its commencement ceremony on the Bologna Center Campus in Bologna, Italy. Graduates, current students, faculty, and staff joined the celebration in person in accordance with local health guidelines or attended virtually. Enjoy photos from the ceremony here.

Watch The SAIS Europe 2021 Commencement Ceremony

How To Stay in Touch After Graduation

Stay connected to the school and to your Johns Hopkins SAIS network! Submit your contact information online, or contact the Development and Alumni Relations team at /+ 1 (202) 663-5755.

2021 Commencement Speaker

The school was honored to have Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization serve as the 2021 commencement speaker. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the former Managing Director of the World Bank and immediate past chair of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI).

A native of Nigeria, Okonjo-Iweala is a development economist who has devoted her career to working on economic development programs and policy reforms, including trade policy, in middle and low-income countries. She was named by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the World for four consecutive years and by Time as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Okonjo-Iweala was recently appointed as the African Union’s COVID-19 Special Envoy and the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Special Envoy. She is the first woman and African national to lead the World Trade Organization.


Washington DC Graduates: Diplomas will be mailed after the conferral date in May. Please be sure your mailing address in SIS is up to date. If you need to adjust the mailing address, please contact the registrar at

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