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The director of the National Institutes of Health, Elias A.
Zerhouni, will address seniors graduating from The Johns
Hopkins University's schools of Arts and Sciences and
Engineering at their diploma ceremony at 1:45 p.m. on
Thursday, May 25.
The ceremony will take place at Homewood Field, the stadium
on the northern end of the university's Homewood campus at
3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. There will be a press
section for working print and broadcast reporters and
photographers on the playing surface of Homewood Field, at
stage right [audience left]. Identification is required;
prior notification of intention to cover the ceremony is
preferred. Limited press parking will be available; please
notify us in advance if you need parking. See above for
Earlier on May 25, university president William R. Brody
will speak at the university-wide commencement ceremony.
This ceremony will begin at 9:15 a.m. at Homewood Field.
Honorary degrees will be awarded at that event to Carl
Taylor, professor emeritus at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health and the founding father of
academic international public health; university trustee
emeritus R. Champlin Sheridan, founder of The Sheridan
Group, one of the nation's leading scientific and medical
printers; and world-renowned organist Marie-Claire
Noteworthy speakers at other Johns Hopkins commencement-
related events — at various times and locations
from Wednesday, May 24 through Friday, May 26 —
include Michael Griffin '71 MS '83, NASA administrator, who
will speak to master's and doctoral graduates of the
Whiting School of Engineering; Michael Bloomberg '64, mayor
of New York, who will address School of Medicine graduates;
Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International
Atomic Energy Agency, who will speak to graduates of the
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies;
Gilbert Kalish, pianist and educator, who will speak to
graduates of the Peabody Conservatory; and Alice McDermott,
novelist, winner of the National Book Award and Johns
Hopkins Writing Seminars professor, who will speak to the
master's degree graduates of the Krieger School of Arts and
Sciences. The ceremonies mark the end of the university's
130th academic year. Details on the university's various
ceremonies are listed below.
About the Graduating Class
The total number of earned degrees, certificates and
diplomas awarded is expected to be about 6,192, as follows:
1,588 bachelor degrees (including 1,109 seniors graduating
from the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering at
the Homewood campus); 3,747 master's degrees, 517 doctoral
degrees (104 of which are medical degrees); and 340
certificates and diplomas.
About the Ceremonies
The university as a whole and its eight academic divisions
will hold the following commencement events:
University-wide Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 25, 9:15 a.m. to approximately noon, Homewood
Field, Homewood campus.
William R. Brody, president, The Johns
During this ceremony, all university degrees are conferred
by the university president. The only graduates who receive
their diplomas at this time, however, are doctoral
students. The ceremony also recognizes new members of the
Society of Scholars. At this time, three honorary degrees
of doctor of humane letters also will be awarded. [See
above for details on honorary degree recipients].
Arts and Sciences/Engineering Undergraduate Diploma
Thursday, May 25, 1:45 p.m., Homewood Field, Homewood
Speaker: Elias A. Zerhouni, director of the National
Institutes of Health and former executive vice dean of the
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
During this ceremony, an anticipated 1,109 seniors from the
schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, who will
officially have graduated when degrees were conferred in
the morning ceremony, cross the stage to shake hands with
the president. Afterwards, they receive their diplomas.
Zerhouni was invited by the senior class. A bio of Zerhouni
is available at
Bloomberg School of Public Health Convocation
Wednesday, May 24, 2 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall,
Cathedral and Preston Streets.
Speaker: Paul E. Farmer, an attending physician in
infectious diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital in
Boston and medical director of the Clinique Bon Sauveur in
Haiti. He is also a founding director of Partners In
Health, which provides direct health care services and
undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of
those who are sick and living in poverty. A bio of Farmer
is available online at
G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering Graduate
Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m. Homewood Field, Homewood
Speaker: Michael Griffin '71 MS '83, NASA
administrator and former head of the Space Department at
the university's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.
Griffin's bio is online at
The School of Medicine Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 25, 2:30 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall,
Cathedral and Preston Streets.
Speaker: Michael Bloomberg '64, mayor of New York
and founder of Bloomberg L.P. Bloomberg's bio is online at
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 25, 3 p.m., Constitution Hall, 18th and D
Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the
International Atomic Energy Agency. ElBaradei's bio is
School of Nursing Diploma Award Ceremony
Bachelor's degree candidates: Thursday, May 25, 1 p.m.;
master's and doctoral candidates: Thursday, May 25, 3:30
p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in Shriver Hall
Auditorium, Homewood campus.
Speaker at both ceremonies: Martha N. Hill, dean of
The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Hill's bio is online
Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Master's
Diploma Award Ceremony
Friday, May 26, 10 a.m., Homewood Field, Homewood
Speaker: Alice McDermott, novelist, winner of the
National Book Award, and Writing Seminars professor.
McDermott's bio is online at
School of Professional Studies in Business and Education
Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. Homewood Field, Homewood
Speaker: Pete Petersen, associate dean of the
Graduate Division of Business and Management, who is
retiring after more than 25 years of service at Johns
The Peabody Conservatory Diploma Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 25, 8 p.m., Friedberg Hall, Peabody
Institute, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place.
Speaker: Gilbert Kalish, pianist and educator.
Kalish's bio is online at
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