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2021 Commencement

Commencement Updates

The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies will host its Commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Based on current public health guidance and state and local regulations, we are planning for the celebration to be held virtually. We are working across our three campuses to ensure that this momentous occasion will be memorable and recognize your outstanding achievements.

Please continue to check this page for additional updates in the coming weeks.

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Commencement Speaker

Johns Hopkins SAIS is pleased to announce the 2021 commencement speaker, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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.


The virtual ceremony is not mandatory. If you are able, we hope that you will join. Even if you do not virtually attend, if you have been approved to graduate, your degree will be conferred, and you will receive your diploma by mail.

All degrees across the school's three campuses will be conferred during this ceremony. Family, friends, and guests of graduating students are encouraged to join in the celebration via Livestream.

Links to the Commencement ceremony will be posted here in advance of the ceremony.

Masters Students: If you wish to still purchase regalia for commemorative purposes and have it shipped to you directly, you are welcome to do so. The last day to place your order is Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
Doctoral Students: If you want to purchase fine quality, custom doctoral regalia, for commemorative purposes place your order via and click the ‘Custom Regalia’ button. The last day to place your order is Sunday, April 18, 2021.

If you wish to rent doctoral regalia and have it shipped to you directly, you are welcome to do so. The last day to place your order is Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

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