WSE Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Updated March 4, 2022

Spring 2022 Hooding Ceremony Information

The Whiting School’s Spring 2022 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 19 at 9:30 a.m.

2022 Whiting School Doctoral Hooding Ceremony FAQ

When and where is the 2022 Whiting School of Engineering Doctoral Hooding Ceremony?

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Homewood Field | 111 W University Pkway | Baltimore, MD | 21210

Rain Date: Thursday, May 19, at 9:30 am at Shriver Auditorium.

Will there be a Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Reception?

Yes, all graduates and guests are welcomed to attend a WSE Doctoral Hooding Reception directly after the graduation ceremony on the Keyser Quad on Homewood Campus. Light Hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Will guests be allowed to attend?
Yes, we are planning for an in-person 2022 Commencement for friends and family in attendance. Should this change due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will communicate this by e-mail and on the website.

Do graduates need to RSVP to attend the ceremony?

Yes, each graduate will be required to RSVP to attend the ceremony via an online form. The form will be available in March and details will be e-mailed to graduates at that time. 

Will this event be livestreamed?

Yes, this event will be livestreamed and anyone with internet access will be able to view it. Please see above note about sending in pictures to make the ceremony more engaging! 

What are graduates required to wear?

Each graduate will need to wear appropriate regalia in order to participate in the ceremony. You will be able to purchase regalia during the Grad Fair. You may purchase your regalia here. The Deadline for purchasing regalia is April 9. 

When is the regalia grad fair and what are the details?

The Graduation Fair will take place on April 7-9 from 11:00am to 6:00pm at the Johns Hopkins Barnes & Noble at 3330 Saint Paul Street. Vendors will be on hand with information about class rings, announcements, and diploma frames. Additionally, Grad Images will be on hand for anyone interested in having professional pictures taken. 

All regalia can be ordered online at, and Masters regalia can be purchased in store during Grad Fair at the bookstore. Doctoral rental regalia must be ordered online, and will be shipped to the bookstore for pickup starting May 13th.  The deadline to order your regalia is April 9, 2022. 

There will be a very limited number of regalia available for purchase onsite the day of the ceremony.

What COVID-19 protocols will be in place for the ceremony?

All graduates must comply with the JHU vaccination and booster mandate in order to attend the ceremony, even if they were fully “online” students during their course of study. Vaccine mandates for guests are still being determined and will be communicated in the spring. The ceremony will follow all university guidelines around masking and social distancing. The most current guidelines for campus events can be found here.

What are the restrictions on what can be brought to Homewood Field?

Bags and purses larger than 13” x 15”, including luggage and backpacks, are not permitted. Food and drinks may not be brought into the stadium. However, guests are permitted to bring an unopened water bottle, a seat cushion, or a seat back. Water will also be provided. Please see the 2022 FAQs JHU Commencement webpage for more information on further restrictions.

Where can I park for the ceremony?

It is recommended that you park in the San Martin garage lot.

What accessibility accommodations are being included?

The ceremony will have designated seating access for guests using mobility devices or wheelchairs. Accessible seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis with space for up to three companions. Commencement ushers can assist guests to accessible seating areas. Seats in the stadium are bleacher seating without seat backs. Guests are permitted to bring seat cushions and seat backs.

The ceremony will be captioned in the stadium on large screens on either side of the stage. Captions and ASL interpretation will be available on the livestream.

Requests for Large-Print or Braille program books should to be sent to by April 22.

A limited number of accessible parking will be available on University Parkway. Please e-mail to request accessible parking by April 22. When arriving to the Homewood Campus, please speak to parking volunteers who will direct you where to park.

If you need an accommodation not listed above, please send your requests to no later than April 22.

When will I receive my diploma?

Spring diplomas will be mailed out to all graduates in June as degrees are cleared regardless of attendance at the ceremony.

Where can I find more information?

More information can be found on the 2022 FAQs JHU Commencement webpage, including information on current COVID-19 protocols.

Please contact us with any questions: