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ALUMNI WEEKEND 2020, April 24-26

All students, alumni and guests are invited to participate in all activities.

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RING CEREMONY. 5 – 7pm. Gilman Atrium & Lawn. You are cordially invited to attend the Johns Hopkins University Ring Ceremony and Reception. Students and alumni will receive their rings indicating their affiliation and commemorating their graduation from our great institution! The ceremony will be followed by a festive reception. Please, RSVP by April 16, 2020.


RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE WITH ALPHA EPSILON DELTA. 9am – 4pm. Charles Commons. Help save a life this Alumni Weekend by donating blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by AED. First timers welcome!

JHU PRESS AUTHOR MEET & GREET. 11am – 12pm. Mason Hall Auditorium. One of the wealthiest women in 19th-century America, Mary Elizabeth Garrett is a towering figure in the history of Johns Hopkins and the city of Baltimore—and an unsung hero of the suffrage movement. She leveraged her transformative gift to Hopkins in 1893 to ensure that women would be admitted to our medical school.  She championed women’s education at other pioneering institutions such as Byrn Mawr.  She was a savvy and resourceful supporter of women’s suffrage.  As we commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020, author Kathleen Waters Sander joins us for an Alumni Weekend discussion of her highly-regarded Garrett biography, recently published by JHU Press in a paperback edition with a new foreword by Senator Barbara Mikulski. 

HOP TALKS: LESSONS ABOUT VACCINE REFUSAL FROM SOCIAL MEDIA. 11am – 12pm. Hackerman B17. The greatest risk to human health today comes from the deluge of misleading, conflicting, and manipulated health information online.

Much of this information promotes vaccine hesitancy -- the delay and refusal of vaccines despite the availability of vaccination services.

Understanding shared information is critical to stemming the increasing number of vaccine-preventable outbreaks. We will discuss how artificial intelligence can aid in the analysis of social media to better understand the vaccine hesitancy movement.


LUNCH AT LEVERING MARKET. 11am – 2pm. $1 discount per person, courtesy of Bon Appétit, Johns Hopkins’ new dining service. 

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS TOUR 1. 12:30 – 2pm. Shuttle departs front of Mason Hall at 12:30pm. Tour the editorial offices of America’s oldest university press and follow “The Life of a Book” from its acquisition through its design, publication and distribution in print and online.  Space is limited.

HOP TALKS: HACKING DEMOCRACY – CYBERSECURITY AND THE 2016 ELECTION. 12:30 – 1:30pm. Mason Hall Auditorium. How were hackers able to compromise the cybersecurity of our country’s election in 2020, who was responsible, and what can be done to reduce future risk. Hear from the company that uncovered the source of the breach and find out how they did it!

DREAMS: DAY OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN ENGINEERING, THE ARTS & HUMANITIES, MEDICINE, & THE SCIENCES. 1 - 4pm. Goldfarb Gym, O'Connor Recreation Center. DREAMS: A Day of Undergraduate Research in Engineering, the Arts & Humanities, Medicine, & the Sciences.

HOP TALKS: FLY FISHING EVENT. 1 – 3:30pm. Johns Hopkins Club, Nobel Room. Discover the thrill of Fly Fishing by Johns Hopkins own Jim Truscott, ’62, ’63, ’70 who will share the mechanics and history of the sport.  Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at fly-casting. Registration limited.  

TOUR OF FASTFORWARD U. 2 – 3pm. FastForward U - 320 W 29th St #200, Baltimore, MD 21211. See the newest hub for student innovation and entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins on a tour with the FastForward U team. FastForward U provides students with space, funding and resources to support their ideas, serving all students from the curious to the committed. This 10,000 square foot co-working and makerspace hub also offers students professional meeting space and event space to support their ventures. Learn more about student entrepreneurship at Hopkins with this tour.

HOP TALKS: A CONVERSATION WITH SUZI WEISS-FISCHMANN. 2 – 3:30pm. Mason Hall Auditorium. Known worldwide as the “First Lady of Nails,” OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann initially made her lasting mark on the beauty industry in 1989, when she created the first 30 OPI nail lacquers. In her 35 years at OPI, Suzi has created thousands of iconic OPI shades, including You Don’t Know Jacques!, Russian Navy, Bubble Bath and Cajun Shrimp. I’m Not Really a Waitress, one of her best-known colors, has been heralded as the perfect shade of red by women across the globe. Allure inducted this lacquer into its Beauty Hall of Fame in 2011, after it won the Best Nail Polish award nine times. Her memoir, which chronicles her personal journey from a life of oppression in Hungary to a true “American Dream” story running the world’s largest professional nail brand, shares its name with this famous shade: I’m Not Really a Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty Industry One Color at a Time. Suzi is also known for pioneering the development of OPI partnerships, elevating consumers’ overall brand experience. Under her guidance, OPI became the first nail care brand to collaborate with Hollywood’s top films and celebrities, as well as iconic companies including Coca-Cola, DELL and Ford Mustang. As Brand Ambassador, Suzi is the go-to authority for beauty editors and fashion designers alike, regularly contributing to stories both in the U.S. and internationally about nail care and color trends. For more information, visit www.1stladyofcolors.com


HOP TALKS: THE AI-DRIVEN FUTURE: WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? 2 – 3pm. Hackerman B17. Anthony Dahbura, Eng ‘81, Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Assured Autonomy, will lead us through a discussion of artificial intelligence and the future.

CAMPUS WALKING TOUR. 2:30 – 3:30pm. Departs Mason Hall Lobby.

STATION NORTH TOUR.  3:15 – 5:00pm.  Shuttle departs front of Mason Hall. Visit Hopkins’ new Film and Media Studies facility. Space limited.

HOP TALKS: CANCER DRUG SCARCITY – A CRISIS IN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE. 3:30 – 4:30pm. Gilman 50. Critical drug shortages are putting patients at risk across the United States, particularly children afflicted with cancer.  Join Dr. Yoram Unguru of the Berman Institute of Bioethics to discuss a systematic problem of scarcity that is threatening lives in the richest country in the world, and hear what Johns Hopkins is doing to address this issue.


HOP TALKS: OPIOID INNOVATIONS: A BALTIMORE STORY. 4 – 5pm. Mason Hall Auditorium. Uncover some of the innovative ways that the Hopkins a community has come together within Baltimore to address some of the challenges related to the opioid epidemic.

KRIEGER SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES AND WHITING SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING DEPARTMENTAL SHOWCASE. 4 – 6pm. Glass Pavilion. Visit with departments from the Homewood campus and enjoy light refreshments.

BME ALUMNI RECEPTION AND OPEN HOUSE. 4 – 6pm.  Clark Hall, Homewood Campus.

HOPKINS RETROSPECTIVE: REFLECTIONS: LGBTQ HISTORY AT HOPKINS. 5 –7pm. Great Hall. Professor Bill Leslie will host a conversation on LGBTQ history at Hopkins, with members of the community and related organizations.

ORIOLES VS. TORONTO BLUE JAYS GAME. 5:30pm. Camden Yards. Batter up! Join fellow alumni and friends for Hopkins University night at Camden Yards as the Baltimore Orioles take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Pre-game reception includes a buffet of Boog's Pit Beef and Pit Turkey, traditional ballpark fare, soft drinks, and domestic beers. We hope to see you at the Yard! Please note: All Orioles ticket purchases are final sale. No refunds will be given at any time for this event.

MARYLAND UNTAPPED. 6:30 – 8:30pm. Decker Quad Tent. Enjoy a dinner of local cuisine paired with Maryland’s finest beverages. From beer and wine, to spirits, and a variety of dinner options, there is something to please everyone! Enjoy what Maryland has to offer, untapped!

PHI GAMMA DELTA (FIJI) ANNUAL NORRIS PIG DINNER. 7– 9pm. Inn at the Colonnade. Join other Fiji graduates and guests from the past six decades starting with cocktails in the Colonnade bar at 6:00pm. The dinner program begins at 7:00pm, and will conclude with an auction to raise funds for the AAA Scholarship program. Spouses and/or guests are welcome. Cost for the dinner is $75 per person.

JONATHAN A. JARZYNA MEMORIAL POKER TOURNAMENT. 7– 10pm. Charles Commons, Salon A.  Hosted by JHU PAWS, all proceeds go to the Maryland SPCA.

BLACK ALUMNI SOCIETY HAPPY HOUR & MIXER. 8pm–1am. Motor House 120 North Avenue, Baltimore. Join fellow alumni from near and far for the evening. Soundtrack by Ball Tech and DJ Harvey Dent. Food and drink specials available. Jazz kicks off the night and the DJ will play ‘til the end. $5 per person for alumni, student, guests and friends. 

A CAPPELLA FEST.  8pm. Shriver Hall Auditorium. Don't miss this musical showdown featuring Hopkins' own student a capella groups.

YOUNG ALUMNI TENT PARTY. 10pm – 1am. Bloomberg Courtyard Tent.


PRESIDENT & DEANS’ BREAKFAST. 8:30 – 10am. Glass Pavilion. President Ron Daniels, Dean Beverly Wendland and Dean T.E. Schlesinger share their vision for the future of the University. Space limited.

JUNIOR JAYS LACROSSE CLINIC. 9 – 10:30am. Children ages 6–12.  Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center Practice Field.

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS TOUR 2. 10 – 11:30am. Shuttle departs front of Mason Hall at 10am. Space is limited.

ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS 15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND SHOWCASE. 10 – 11:30am. Malone Hall, First Floor Atrium. All are invited to join us for fruit, pastries, and coffee sourced from our project regions while chatting with current and alumni members of the JHU Engineers Without Borders chapter. Learn about our ongoing projects in Baltimore, Ecuador, and Guatemala as well as opportunities to become involved in the work we do.

PHI MU ALUMNAE BRUNCH. 10am – 12pm. The Beach. Stop by to chat with your sisters over bagels and coffee!

SOBA ANNUAL MEETING. 10am –12pm. If you’re interested in what’s next for SOBA and Black Alumni Engagement at Hopkins come and be a part of the discussion—share your ideas, get updates and get involved.


HISTORICAL CAMPUS TOUR. 10 – 11:30am. Begins on the sidewalk that runs between Homewood Museum and the Library. Led by Jim Stimpert, Senior Reference Archivist in the Sheridan Libraries. Weather permitting.

STUDENT AND ALUMNI COFFEE CHAT. 10am - 11:30am. Levering Hall, Student Lounge. Join us for a casual morning drop-in of networking and conversation with alumni and students, and learn more about opportunities to mentor students.


FASTFORWARDU ACCELERATOR DEMO DAY WITH JOHNS HOPKINS TECHNOLOGY VENTURES. 10:30am – 12:30pm. FastForward U - 320 W 29th St #200, Baltimore, MD 21211. : Please join Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) at FastForward U, the 10,000-sq-ft student innovation hub at Homewood for our Accelerator Demo Day. You will eat well and hear pitches from our cohort of promising Hopkins student-led ventures competing for additional funding. Hopkins alumni, students and the entrepreneurial community in Baltimore are invited to participate in this entrepreneurship and networking event. Doors open at 10am.

CAMPUS WALKING TOUR 2. 10:30 – 11:30am. Departs Mason Hall Lobby.

MULTICULTURAL OPEN HOUSE. 11am – 1pm. Office of Diversity & Inclusion/Office of Multicultural Affairs. Stop in, have a snack and connect with other alumni and students of color. See what’s new in D&I/OMA. Co-sponsored by SOBA, HOLA, AAPI, NAIP and OMA.

"A WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE: CELEBRATING EDIE WINDSOR'S LEGACY". 11:30am. Gilman 50. Pride and LGBTQ Life sponsor a moderated book talk and discussion with Edie Windsor's biographer, Joshua Lyon and Edie Windsor's surviving spouse, Judith Kasen. Published in 2019 the biography "A Wild and Precious Life" tells the story of marriage equality pioneer, Edie Windsor's journey, her life in New York City in the 50's and 60's and her work as an activist. Edie Windsor and her lawyer Roberta Kaplan received Honorary Degrees from Johns Hopkins in 2014.

STUDENT TAILGATE. 11:30am. Freshman Quad.

YOUNG ALUMNI TAILGATE. 11:30am. Freshman Quad.

TRADITIONAL CRAB CAKE LUNCH. 11:30am – 1:30pm. Decker Quad Tent.

SOBA ALUMNI /STUDENT BBQ. 1–4pm. Homewood BBQ Pit/Rain Site: D&I/OMA. The annual BBQ is back rain or shine! Connect with old friends and make a few new ones. Enjoy some lunch and good conversation with alumni and students—if you stay long enough there might be some old school music and dancing. $5 per person for alumni, guests and friends, no fee for current students. 


HOMECOMING LACROSSE GAME: JOHNS HOPKINS VS. MARYLAND. 2pm. Homewood Field. Game ticket required. Ticket quantities are limited. New game day policies are as follows:  

Game Day Policies

  1. All gates will open 60 minutes prior to face-off
  2. All bags must adhere to our new Clear Bag Policy
  3. Reserved section seats have a section, row, and seat number associated with each ticket. Fans with a reserved section seat must show their ticket to ushers at the grandstand entrance to access their seat.
  4. All faculty, staff, and Johns Hopkins students outside of the Homewood campus should proceed to the General Will Call Window located at Schelle Pavilion off University Parkway to receive their ticket. All faculty and staff will receive two free general admission tickets, and Hopkins students outside of the Homewood campus will receive free entry. A valid Johns Hopkins ID must be shown.

Prohibited Items

  1. Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco are strictly prohibited including e-cigarettes.
  2. Pets are not permitted in or around Homewood Field with the exception of Service Dogs.
  3. Derogatory or profane signs, banners, clothing items, etc.
  4. Horns, cow bells, whistles or any artificial noisemakers or laser pointers.
  5. Signs on sticks or any sign bigger than 3’x2’.
  6. Lacrosse balls or any other type of ball that can be used as a projectile.
  7. Firearms, knives, fireworks or weapons of any kind. 
  8. Bikes, skateboards, skates, and other related items.
  9. Outside food and beverage
  10. Any non-clear or oversized prohibited bag. 


                    Homewood Field has a 12” x 6” x 12” Clear Bag policy.

All Bags Subject to Search

Please direct any questions to the Johns Hopkins ticket office at 410-516-7490.

FIJI ISLANDER. 3 – 7pm. President's Garden. Join your classmates, their families and current students at the Islander, which has been a staple of the Johns Hopkins Homecoming Celebration for over 30 years. The Islander features entertainment, food, a beer garden and kids activities for familes. The event runs from half time of the lacrosse game until a few hours afterwards. Admission is $8 for advanced purchase, or $10 at the door. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the One Love Foundation.

CAMP BLUE JAY. 4pm – 11pm. Levering MarketPlace, 1st Floor entrance. Childcare for kids ages 5 – 12 will be provided while you attend your class dinners and parties! Dinner, crafts, activities and snacks will be provided. Kids’ friendly movie will also be shown later in the evening. 

THE TEEN SCENE. 4pm – 11pm. Levering MarketPlace. Teens ages 13 - 17. Teens will be kept busy with exciting on-campus activities while you are enjoying your class dinners and parties! We have planned dinner at Fresh Foods Café, the freshman cafeteria. Afterwards, we will take them to the Ralph O’Connor Recreation Center for some time on the rock climbing wall. Goodies and snacks provided! 

MAKE THE MAGIC FUNDRAISER. 6:30 – 8:30pm. Lord Baltimore Hotel. Join us for a magical night at our Make the Magic Fundraising Gala to support children whose parents have been affected by cancer so we can provide them with a free week of summer camp along with year-round support. To register for this event, please visit donate.kesem.org/JHUMTM2020

HOPKINS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BIANNUAL CONCERTO. 7:30pm. Shriver Hall Auditorium. Capping off the season, HSO's biannual concerto competition is always a high-spirited event with winner/s performing with the orchestra. The competition winner/s are JHU students and show the true depth of talent across the JHU campuses. Following the winner/s performance, HSO presents Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra -- rejoicing in the individual voices of all the instruments of the orchestra. This work celebrates the wealth of human expression and experience in an optimistic testament to humanity. Please join HSO for this exciting season finale!

Jed Gaylin, Music Director & Conductor

Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116
Concerto Competition Winner/s TBD

6:30pm Pre-concert talk with WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky

THE HULLABALOOZA. 9pm – 12:30am. Tent on Decker Quad. The party where your yearbook comes back to life!


18th ANNUAL BLUE JAY 5K RACE FOR LYMPHOMA. 9:45am. Front of Newton H. White Athletic Center. Details and registration information at www.hopkinstrack.com/bluejay5k.html.

ONE LOVE x HOPKINS. 12pm - 2pm. Homewood Field. One Love x Hopkins is an annual event on the Homewood campus to promote the One Love Foundation. One Love was founded by Sharon Love after her daughter, Yeardley Love, was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend. Thus, the organization is focused on educating young people and communities about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors. This year, the event will be focused on promoting One Love's #LoveBetter campaign, which is designed to encourage healthy relationship behaviors and lifestyles. Come join us on Homewood Field following the Blue Jay 5K and make your pledge to #LoveBetter. There will be games, food, and exciting raffle prizes!  Rain location will be at the Goldfarb Gym. To make a donation to One Love, you can do so at https://www.joinonelove.org/give

ALUMNI WEEKEND CHAMPAGNE BUFFET BRUNCH. 11am – 1:30pm. Johns Hopkins Club.

SIXTH ANNUAL JHU PRIDE BRUNCH AT GERTRUDE'S. 11am. Gertrude's at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD.  All students, alumni, and guests are invited to attend. Space is limited.

SENIOR CLASS DINNER. 5:30 - 7:30pm. Tent on Decker Quad. The Class of 2020 is invited to attend the Senior Class Dinner on 4/26. You will be able to enjoy all kinds of Maryland inspired dishes, enjoy live music entertainment and receive giveaways to celebrate your last few weeks on campus! The event is entirely FREE, so be sure to come and enjoy the festivities. Government Issued ID required for entrance.

DATTAWA ALUMNI DINNER. 6pm - 8pm. Interfaith Center (Lower Level). This is an opportunity for ASA alumni to reconnect during Alumni Weekend and a chance for current undergraduate and graduate students to meet former members of ASA! We hope to see you all at our Annual Dattawa Dinner!

OCTOPODES 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT. 7:30-10pm. Shriver Hall.  


OLD GUARD HOMECOMING CRAB CAKE LUNCH: Classes of 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955 and 1960
Saturday, 11:30am - 1:30pm. Johns Hopkins Club.

Saturday, 2-4pm. Johns Hopkins Club, Library.

Saturday, 4:30-7:30pm. Johns Hopkins Club, ABC Room.

70th Reunion Celebration

Friday, 4-5pm, Reunion Tour. Tour departs from the Johns Hopkins Club entrance.
Friday, 5-8pm, Dinner at Johns Hopkins Club.

55th Reunion Celebration

Saturday, 4:30-7:30pm. Johns Hopkins Club, Tap Room.

50th Reunion Buffet Dinner
Friday, 7-10pm. Gilman Atrium.
50th Reunion Service of Remembrance
Saturday, 10:30-11:30am. Mason Hall Auditorium.
50th Reunion Class Seating at the Homecoming Lacrosse Game
Saturday, 2pm. Homewood Stadium.
50th Reunion Post-Game Celebration
Saturday, 4:30-7:30pm. Johns Hopkins Club, Lounge.

45th Reunion Post-Game Party
Saturday, 4:30-7:30pm. Bloomberg Lobby & Courtyard.

40th Reunion Dinner
Saturday, 6:30-9:30pm. Johns Hopkins Club.
35th Reunion Celebration

Saturday, 7-10pm. Hodson Hall Lobby.

30th Reunion Celebration

Saturday, 4:30-7:30pm. Great Hall.

25th Reunion Class Seating at the Homecoming Lacrosse Game
Saturday, 2pm. Homewood Stadium.
25th Reunion Celebration
Saturday, 7-10pm. Gilman Atrium.

20th Reunion Celebration
Saturday, 7-10pm. Glass Pavilion.

15th Reunion Post-Game Party
Saturday, 4:30-7:30pm. Homeslyce.

10th Reunion Celebration
Saturday, 7-10pm. The Brewers Art.

5th Reunion Celebration
Saturday, 7-10pm. Mudd Hall Atrium.



FREE to alumni and family with Alumni Weekend nametag. 

Homewood Museum

Free guided tours hourly on the half-hour. Friday, 11:00 am – 3:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, Noon – 3:30 pm. 

Contact: 410-516-5589 or visit http://museums.jhu.edu.

Evergreen Museum & Library

4545 N. Charles St. Free guided tours hourly on the hour. Friday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday, Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Contact: 410-516-0341 or visit http://museums.jhu.edu.


Alumni Weekend Welcome Tent is located on the Decker Quad, adjacent to Mason Hall.
Friday, April 24, 10am – 10pm
Saturday, April 25, 8am – midnight

Park your car in the South Garage under Mason Hall and collect your registration materials at the Alumni Weekend Welcome Tent. Saturday check in, please note:  Glass mugs are NOT permitted in Homewood Stadium.

Friday:  Free parking will be available at the South Garage 11am – 1am.  Tell the attendant that you are an Alumni Weekend guest. Additional free parking will be available after 5pm on the lower two floors of the Muller garage, just off San Martin Drive.

Saturday:  Free parking at the South Garage 7:30am -1am.  Additional free parking will be available after 5pm at the Muller upper deck and garage.  Parking is available at the San Martin Garage for $9.  Shuttle service will be available from all lots.

Getting Around Campus
For the convenience of our Alumni Weekend guests, complimentary campus shuttles will be offered Friday, April 24, 11am -1am and Saturday, April 25, 7:30am until 1am.  Shuttle stops include all designated parking lots, the Welcome Tent, the Inn at the Colonnade and all event locations.  All Reunion shuttles are handicap accessible.

The Johns Hopkins University will photograph Alumni Weekend 2020 events and participants.  Please be advised that JHU may use photos taken during the weekend for JHU publications in print and online, fundraising materials and other non-commercial purposes.  Please contact the Reunion Office in advance if you object to being photographed for these purposes.

Dietary Meal Requests
Please contact us at 410-516-5185 before April 17, 2020 to confirm your request.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Near Campus
A list of meetings located near campus can be found here

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