Campus traditions

March 18, 2021

Dear Students,

Spring at Homewood is a time for celebration, and this year is no exception. The Office of the Dean of Student Life, Student Engagement team, Student Government Association, and our class councils are currently collaborating to preserve the most beloved campus traditions and adapt them to our current reality. Below is a rundown of the current schedule of events and information on what to expect.


Smita Ruzicka
Dean of Student Life

Sam Mollin
President, Student Government Association

Important Takeaways

  • Large-scale campus traditions will be reimagined to offer options for small, in-person groups as well as virtual programming.
  • In-person class council events will be held with smaller numbers over longer periods of time.
  • Spring Fair will be held April 23–April 25.
  • The Mattin Center Celebration will take place from April 24–May 2.
  • Updates and registration for events can be found on Hopkins Groups.
  • More Details

Planning is underway for many of Homewood’s perennial spring events, including Spring Fair, CultureShow, the Foreign Affairs Symposium, Holi, Last Day of Classes, and others. Individual class events, such as the Sophomore Class Garden Party, Junior Class Boat Cruise, and Senior Week are currently being retooled/reimagined by the SGA and class councils to work within COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Additionally, multiple events have been planned for a Mattin Center Celebration that will commemorate the Center’s programs, impact, and history while celebrating the expansion of creative arts programming and co-curricular engagement within the new Hopkins Student Center project.

The following is the current schedule of events, and there are more on the way:

3/18 – Foreign Affairs Symposium with Noname
3/20 – Interfaith Havdalah
3/23 – Calling In: A Conversation with Loretta J. Ross
3/26 – Voices of Color Symposium
4/6 – Foreign Affairs Symposium Panel on the Global Response to the Uyghur Crisis
4/14 – Gaypril Social
4/15 – Heritage 365 Speaker Series: APIDA Heritage Celebration with Angelin Chang
4/22 – Foreign Affairs Symposium with Angela Davis
4/22 – Holi
4/23 – Culture Show
4/23–4/25 – Spring Fair
4/24–5/2 – Mattin Center Celebration
4/29 – Last Day of Classes Celebration

For a full calendar of events, check out Hopkins Groups. Use the Search feature along the top navigation bar to find events or registrations, click on the Events section to filter by date or event type, and check out the Feed to see updates about upcoming events and opportunities. Event details will also be posted on the Instagram accounts below.

Lastly, while this semester looks different in many ways including our campus traditions, it will also be different in terms of a traditional spring break. Instead, this year, we invite and encourage you to use the spring break days as a time for rest and rejuvenation.

Related Social Media Accounts

JHU Student Life – @jhustudentlife
JHU Wellness – @jhuwellness
Residential Life – @jhureslife
CHEW – @chewatjhu
JHU Virtual Programming – @jhuvirtual
Recreation Center – @jhurecreation
Multicultural Affairs – @jhuoma_
Women and Gender Resources – @wgr_jhu
Religious and Spiritual Life – @jhu_rsl
LGBTQ Life – @jhu_lgbtq
Center for Social Concern – @hopkinscsc
Athletics – @hopkinssports
FLI Network – @johnshopkinsfli
Homewood Arts – @jhuhomewoodarts
Fraternity and Sorority Life – @hopkinsgreeks
Orientation and First-Year Experience – @jhuorientation
Student Leadership and Involvement – @slijhu

We welcome your feedback on these communications! If you have general suggestions, recommendations for topics you’d like to see covered, or anything else, please email