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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions & Answers

Diplomas for May and June graduates will be shipped from the vendor in July, and CeDiplomas will be made available at that time. Please make sure your cell number and diploma address is applicable to this timeframe. If you need to adjust the mailing address, please contact the registrar at https://support.sis.jhu.edu/case-home.

Yes, students participating in the commencement ceremonies and events must comply with the JHU vaccination mandate and must have received either an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exception prior to coming on-campus, even if they were fully “online” students during their course of study.

Each graduate will need to wear appropriate regalia (cap and gown) or a military uniform to participate in the SAIS and university-wide ceremonies.

SAIS will follow all university and District of Columbia guidelines in regard to COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

Beginning February 15, 2022, indoor venues will no longer be required to verify that patrons are vaccinated. Visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaxdc for more information

SAIS will continue to monitor the order and post updates here.

Face masks will be required for all guests and participants per university guidelines. Students will be permitted to remove masks as they process across the stage and have their photo taken. Masks will be available the day of at the venue.

The ceremony will follow all university and District of Columbia guidelines around masking and distancing.

The Washington DC health guidelines are available here: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/healthguidance.

For answers to frequently asked questions, visit the University’s Coronavirus Information FAQs page for the most up-to-date information.

The ceremony will be livestreamed and anyone with internet access will be able to view it. The information about the livestream will be added to this page prior to the ceremony.

Universitywide Commencement
Sunday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Homewood Field, Johns Hopkins Homewood campus
Baltimore, Maryland

All SAIS graduates are invited to attend the ceremony. SAIS Graduates will be asked to stand and be recognized and will not process across the stage. For more information, including the planned rain date, monitor the JHU commencement website.

The 2022 Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Commencement ceremony is at 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 25, at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20006.

Doors to the hall open at 10:00 a.m. 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 a.m. and will remain closed until 11:25 a.m. – no exceptions. Plan for traffic and weather.

DAR is an indoor venue. Guest will not be admitted in the venue until 10:00 am. Please ensure you have adequate protection from the elements if you arrive before 10:00 am.

A. Balloons, posters, wrapped gifts and flowers are not permitted in DAR Constitution Hall.
B. Backpacks, bags and purses larger than 13 5/8” x 15 ¼” are not permitted in the arena. All bags and purses are subject to be searched upon entrance.
C. Food and drinks may not be brought into the arena unless medically necessary or for small children

Re-entry to the arena will not be permitted.

Metered street parking is available but very limited. Monday through Saturday, two-hour parking is enforced from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for most meters.

There are parking garages located in the area on New York and Pennsylvania Avenues and 17th and 18th Streets.

Tickets

Each graduate, who indicated their intent to participate in the ceremony, will receive up to five tickets for family and guests to attend. Graduates will be able to claim tickets during the Grad Fair. Tickets are required for family and guest entry into the venue.

However, the uncertain future surrounding COVID-19 restrictions could require us to make changes to the ceremony as it gets closer, and we reserve the right to change the policies of the event in the best interest of public health.

There are two types of tickets available: general admission and accessible seating. A total of up to five tickets will be issued to each graduate who indicated their intent to participate in the ceremony.

Accessible seating ticket holders are required to be accompanied by one adult.

Infants and small children in lap will not be required to have a ticket. A ticket is only needed if they require their own seat.

Tickets are issued to each graduate and cannot be picked up by a friend or fellow classmate.

Yes, the degree program manager can pick up tickets on graduates’ behalf. Tickets will not be replaced or reissued if lost.

Tickets will not be replaced or reissued.

The venue will only accept the physical copy of the tickets. A photocopy of the ticket will not be accepted and entry will not be granted.

The SAIS Commencement team will not conduct or participate in any ticket lotteries.

Tickets will not be available on graduation day. Graduates will need to secure tickets ahead of graduation day.

The 2022 Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Graduation Toast and Reception is from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 24, at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza of the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004.

Each graduate, who indicated their intent to participate in the ceremony, will receive up to three tickets for entry of themselves plus family and guests to attend.

Tickets for students will be distributed at the Grad Fair, April 26th and April 27th. 

Graduates, who indicated their intent to participate in the ceremony and are unable to attend the Grad Fair, will receive information on the alternative pickup office hours and locations. This information will be shared only after the Grad Fair. Dates will be available up until the day before the ceremony.

Faculty and staff can pick up tickets during the designated pickup locations, to be announced, or during normal business hours in BOB 3rd floor.

The degree program manager can pick up tickets on graduates’ behalf. Friends or fellow classmates will not be allowed to pick up tickets.

Tickets are required for graduates to attend in addition to invited guests.  

Tickets will not be replaced or reissued. 

The venue will only accept the physical copy of the tickets.  Photocopies and digital versions will not be accepted. 

Children are allowed at the event. A ticket is only needed for those over 2 years of age. 

No, there are separate ticket types for the ceremony and reception.

The plaza is located on the external grounds of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center near the Wilson Center. For reference, here are directions to the Wilson Center: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/directions-to-the-wilson-center

Questions?

Email saiscommencement@jhu.edu or call 202.999.3332.