The Johns Hopkins University confers degrees at the end of the summer, fall, and spring semesters. The University Commencement and divisional graduation ceremonies are held in May. The Carey Business School also holds a graduation ceremony in August for summer graduates. The May graduation program will include the names of those students who applied to graduate by the deadlines for the 2020-2021 academic year.

A student who expects to receive more than one degree or certificate must complete a separate graduation application for each degree and/or certificate. Applicants are required to apply by the deadline and within the same academic semester they complete their degree requirements. The Graduation Application is available online using SIS at Students in dual and joint degree/certificate programs must apply for graduation from both degree/certificate programs. Late applications for the spring semester may need to wait until the following academic year depending on the time the application is submitted. Students planning to graduate should complete all coursework before the semester ends and should not request or receive the grade of ‘I’ (Incomplete) during their final term.

Deadlines for Submitting the Graduation Application Form for Academic Year 2020-2021

Term Date
August completion June 12, 2020
December completion September 18, 2020
May completion February 19, 2021

Students who have submitted the Application for Graduation receive an automated application confirmation which is emailed to their JHU email address. Applicant names are placed on the tentative graduation list for the semester in which they anticipate completing their degree requirements. The graduation application is the first step of the degree audit process. To be eligible to graduate, all students must complete the requirements of their Academic Program of Study. For Master candidates, credits may be no older than 6 years; for Graduate Certificate candidates, credits may be no older than 3 years.

The Carey Business School Academic Board meets three times each year to review candidates for graduation. Students completing all requirements at the end of summer session are reviewed by the Academic Board in August; those finishing at the end of the fall semester are reviewed in December; and those finishing at the end of spring semester are reviewed in May.

Graduation ceremony information is sent via JHU email in early March for the May ceremonies. Information is sent in late June for the August ceremony. To receive their diplomas, students must pay all student accounts in full. Additionally, any outstanding charges of misconduct and violations of academic integrity must be settled before a diploma will be released. Johns Hopkins University diplomas indicate the degree (e.g., Master of Business Administration, Master of Science – Finance) without identifying the student’s concentration. Students who apply on time and complete their studies in the summer and spring will have the choice of attending the Carey ceremonies and receiving their diplomas that day, or having their diplomas mailed. Students who apply on time and complete their studies in the fall will have their diplomas mailed. Diplomas will be mailed to the diploma address listed in SIS approximately 2-3 weeks after the conferral date. Students in certificate programs will receive their certificates by mail.

Note: Receiving a diploma at an international address can take up to an additional eight weeks, as it is mailed via International Airmail with no tracking number. In order to have it mailed via FedEx, contact the Registrar’s Office at 410-234-9250 or