Johns Hopkins SAIS Commencement
Johns Hopkins SAIS Commencement
Johns Hopkins SAIS Commencement

Celebrating the class of 2017

Dean Nasr with Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation.

Darren Walker | President of the Ford Foundation, delivered an inspiring address.

Important Dates for Graduates
Information for Out of Town Guests
Map and Parking Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Disability Accommodations
Commencement Archives



The Johns Hopkins SAIS 2018 Commencement Ceremony will take place at DAR Constitution Hall on May 23, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Commencement Webcast

DAR constitution hall entrances/tickets:


C Street entrance – Guests with dark blue VIP tickets

18th Street entrance – General guests with light blue tickets

D Street entrance – students (no tickets needed) and guests with purple tickets that pre-requested physical accommodations


Ceremony When and Where:

  • Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 – 11:00 a.m.
  • DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street, NW, Washington D.C., 20006

The doors will close to all guests and students at 10:45 and will remain closed until 11:25 – no exceptions. Do not be late. Plan for traffic and weather.

Reception: Arena Stage Approximately 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Please mark your calendars for these important dates:

SAIS Commencement (Washington D.C.)
Wednesday May 23, 2018
11.00 a.m

All SAIS students are invited to attend the The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) commencement ceremony in Washington D.C. The ceremony will take place in DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street, NW, Washington D.C., 20006. 

JHU Commencement (Baltimore):

Thursday May 24, 2018
1.30 p.m.
All SAIS students are invited to attend The Johns Hopkins University-wide commencement ceremony in Baltimore (Royal Farms Arena). Please indicate that you plan to attend this ceremony when you submit your Application to Graduate. The JHU graduation ceremony begins at 1.30 p.m. Directions, maps and parking information can be found on the University's graduation site. Contact the events team confirm your attendance and receive further instructions.

Disability Access
Graduates or guests requiring special accommodations for disabilities should contact the events team by May 7, 2018. Please describe the accommodation you are requesting.

SAIS Student Grad Fair (Washington D.C.)
Monday & Tuesday, April 23 & 24, 2018
11.00 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.

All SAIS students are invited to attend the The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Grad Fair in Washington D.C. The Grad Fair will take place in Kenney Herter Auditorium in the Nitze Building.

Information for Out of Town Guests

Below is a list of links that may be helpful to SAIS graduation guests who are visiting from out of town.


Washington, D.C., Transportation: 

  • Metro Trip Planner: Access time-specific rail and bus schedules for your chosen journey.
  • Google Maps: Get driving and walking directions, or type in an address to locate nearby restaurants, shops, Metro stops and other landmarks.

Local Dining, Sightseeing and Entertainment Information and Tips:


Map and Parking Information

Transportation to and from the Commencement Ceremony
Parking in Washington, D.C. is limited. SAIS and DAR Constitution Hall cannot provide parking spaces for graduation attendees. SAIS suggests guests use the DC Metro system or a taxi. Washington is also a pedestrian-friendly city. The walking distance between SAIS and Constitution Hall is approximately 20-25 minutes. 

For guests who need to bring cars, there are public parking garages in the vicinity that may be of use. Near SAIS, for example, there is a limited amount of parking at Park America at 1776 Massachusetts Avenue NW and Colonial Parking at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW. In addition, the DAR Constitution Hall Web site provides useful information for guests. See the Visitor Information page for Parking and Directions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The 2018 SAIS Ceremony will be held on May 23th at 11:00 AM at DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D St NW, Washington, DC 20006). A reception will follow at Arena Stage from 1:30 – 3:30 PM (1101 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20024).
The university-wide commencement ceremony in Baltimore will be held Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m., Royal Farms Arena (201 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201). Doors to the arena open at 12 p.m. and all SAIS graduates are welcome to walk in that ceremony as well. SAIS graduates will ask to stand to be recognized. The SAIS graduates will not process across the stage. For more information, please monitor the JHU commencement website.

All graduates must apply for graduation, regardless of whether  they are attending the ceremony in May. The deadline for the Application for Graduation is Friday, February 16, 2018. To access and complete the application complete the below steps.

  1. SIS self-service (
  2. Select the “Registration” menu
  3. Choose “Program of Study” from the drop down
  4. Click “Apply to Graduate”
  5. Complete all required fields* and click “Submit”
  6. Print a copy of the application for your record and/or advisor

*Please use the most current mailing and email address as this will be where you receive all commencement information. Your diploma will be mailed to this address do not attend the ceremony.  The registrar will confirm your mailing address closer to commencement.

Caps and gowns are ordered through the Oak Hall Site  for SAIS no later than March 16th if you did not order your regalia by the March 16 deadline, you can purchase your cap and gown during distribution on the 23rd/24th. Please note that you will be charged a $30 late fee and must pay with cash or check.

All students participating in the ceremony must have an approved cap, gown, and hood and tassel to be able to walk in the ceremony. The only exception will be made for those individuals wearing their military dress uniform.  Graduate students will be able to keep their caps, gowns and hoods – Ph.D.  Candidates must purchase or rent gowns. 

Caps and gowns will be shipped directly to SAIS and will be available for pickup at the grad fair from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24 in Kenney Herter Auditorium. All students who are walking in the graduation ceremony procession must pick up their caps and gowns during this time. Doctoral students renting regalia must return tam and gown following the last ceremony attended. All rental items are coded. An Oak Hall representative will be there to verify the return of all items. Students will be charged $900 for items not returned by May 24th.

Graduates may receive an unlimited number of tickets for their guests to enter the graduation ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall. Tickets are free of charge. On your application to graduate, you can indicate the number of tickets that you would like to receive. This number can be updated when you pick up the tickets at the grad fair.  Each guest must have to have a ticket to enter the ceremony. This year we will distribute color coded tickets; regular tickets for guests, family members, and friends, tickets for persons with physical disabilities, and VIP’s. 

What does my color-coded ticket mean?

  • White ticket – guest access through the doors on 18th street
  • Blue ticket – VIP access through the doors on C street
  • Purple ticket – persons who need physical accommodations enter on D street
  • All graduates enter through the D street entrance

The venue will have designated seating areas for those who require accessible seating options.  Color coded tickets, requested by your graduate will be distributed during or after the grad fair. seating is available for the person requiring accessible seating and up to three companions. Once you enter through the D street entrance ushers will escort you to your seats. Please contact if you need additional assistance. Please email us at as soon as possible if you need a ticket/s for disability seating.

SAIS prints generic invitations with envelopes that contain information about the ceremony and commencement speaker. Students may receive up to six invitations when they come to pick up their tickets at the grad fair.

All SAIS students are invited to attend the Grad Fair in the Kenney Herter Auditorium in the Nitze Building. We will be distributing caps & gowns, invitations and tickets, and there will be a demonstration on how to wear your cap & gown. Our team will be available to answer questions about the ceremony and the reception.

Monday & Tuesday, April 23 & 24, 2018 in Kenney Auditorium
11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Yes, the graduation ceremony will be live streamed at the time of the event for viewing. The link will be available one week prior to the event. 

Wheelchairs are not available at DAR but if you believe you need  a wheelchair please contact us two weeks prior to the ceremony.
DAR will not let anyone in the venue before 10:00 am. Please ensure you have adequate protection from the elements if you arrive before 10:00 am.
No Balloons, posters, and flowers are permitted into DAR Constitution Hall. All bags and purses could be searched upon entering the arena. Backpacks are not permitted in the arena. Bags and purses larger than 13 5/8″ x 15 1/4″ are also not permitted. Diaper bags are permitted. Please do not bring wrapped gifts into the arena. Re-entry to the arena will not be permitted. Food and drinks may not be brought into the arena unless medically necessary or for small children.

Courtyard Marriott

Average Rate $289 + Tax per night

Amenities: Wi-Fi, 0.4 Mile from Ceremony Venue

Reserve Online by April 20: Courtyard Marriott

The Embassy Row Hotel

Average Rate $239 + Tax per night

Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast, Wi-Fi, 1.3 Mile from Ceremony Venue

Reserve Online: The Embassy Row Hotel

Kimpton Topaz

Average Rate $259 + Tax per night

Amenities: Complimentary Coffee and Tea, Wi-Fi, 1.0 Mile from Ceremony Venue

Reserve online by April 24: Kimpton Topaz

Directions to DAR - by Metro

  • From the Orange and Blue lines (A 10-15 minute walk):
  • Take the Farragut West metro stop.
  • Exit the station on 17th Street and walk south on 17th Street towards Constitution. Turn right on D Street. Look for signs directing you to the entrance that matched the color of your ticket.
  • The main entrance is in the middle of the block. Go up the stairs to enter the museum.
  • From the Red Line (A 10-15 minute walk):
  • Take the Farragut North metro stop.
  • Exit the station on 17th Street, and walk south on 17th Street towards Constitution. Turn right on D Street.

  The should go to 18th street entrance not enter the museum


Metered street parking is available but very limited. Do not rely on this option.  Monday through Saturday, two hour parking is enforced from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM for most meters. 

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

Graduates will receive a live proof of a photo of them walking across the stage at the ceremony through email. Once received, orders can be placed online through
The SAIS Graduation reception will be held at Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street, SW from 1:30 – 3:30.
We recommend you contact Uber or Lyft to pre-schedule a ride prior to the event. There are also numerous car services in the DC area, and we will be alerting cab companies of the ceremony end time (approximately 1:15-1:30).

Diplomas will be mailed to you after the conferral date of your degree.  The registrar will contact you to confirm the mailing address in May.

Commencement Day Schedule

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

DAR Constitution Hall

10:00 AM

Doors open at DAR Constitution Hall for guests and graduates

11:00 AM

Ceremony begins

1:30 PM

Ceremony concludes

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Offsite reception at Arena Stage (1101 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20024)

Patrons with Disability Accommodations

Please contact to request accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations. The ceremony venue will have designated seating areas for persons needing physical accommodations. Seating is available for the individual and up to three companions on a first-come, first-served basis.

To view the Commencement that took place at SAIS Europe, on May 16, 2014. Please click here: SAIS Europe Commencement