Ceremony Information

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May 23
Yale University Ceremony

All University Degrees are formally conferred during the Commencement ceremony on Old Campus. During the ceremony, the dean of Yale College and deans of the Graduate and professional schools formally present their approved candidates to the president. The president, in turn, confers the degrees and admits new graduates to each degree’s “rights and responsibilities.” Student marshals from each residential college and school accept symbolic diplomas from the president on behalf of their colleagues. The ceremony lasts approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. No tickets are required for the Commencement ceremony.

Access to Old Campus will be through Phelps, Chapel East, Dwight Hall, Lanman (handicapped accessible), and Cheney Ives Gates. Miller Gate and High Street Gate will be open to processing graduate and professional students only. (View a map of gates accessible to the public here.)

Please note: Guests are strongly encouraged to avoid bringing bags to all major ceremonies. All bags are subject to search at all events. A luggage check will be set up in Phelps Gate for guests entering Old Campus who are traveling and must have their luggage with them at Class Day or Commencement due to swift arrivals or departures directly prior to or following the ceremonies.

  • Timeline of Events:
  • 8:30 AM | Students should arrive to SOM Evans Hall: We will then process together to the ceremony.
  • 9:30 AM | Processional to Cross Campus: We will walk from Evans Hall to Cross Campus for the University Ceremony. Specific processional route will be sent prior to the ceremony. Friends and family can either choose to line up along the processional route to wave and cheer on the graduates, stay at Evans Hall, or make their way to Old Campus for the ceremony. 
  • 10:30 AM | The ceremony will take place on Old Campus. Ceremony is open to all guests (in accordance with the visitor policy), who can proceed directly to Old Campus to find open seating.
  • 11:30 AM | Recessional back to Evans Hall: Graduates should make their way back to Evans Hall on their own to attend the SOM Ceremony. Once arrived, graduates should line up at their assigned location. Please be sure to arrive back immediately so that we can begin on time.

Important Information

May 23
Yale SOM Ceremony

  • Timeline of Events:
  • 12:00 PM | Graduates return to Evans Hall and proceed to their designated lineup location. Assigned locations will be communicated to graduates as we near closer to Commencement.
  • 12:30 PM | SOM Diploma Granting Ceremony Begins: The processional will be led by Dean Charles, the faculty and student marshals, followed by graduates. The ceremony generally lasts 1.5-2 hours.
  • 2:30 PM | Optional Lunch Pickup: Graduates and guests will have the option to reserve a boxed, to-go lunch on CampusGroups, and will be able to pick it up at Evans Hall directly after the ceremony. To reserve a to-go lunch for you and your guests, please be sure to register here. Only those who reserve a lunch by May 6 will be eligible to receive one. Pricing: Graduates – FREE | Guests 12 and older – $15.00 | Guests 12 and under: $10.00
  • 2:30 PM | Diploma Pickup: Graduates will have until 4:30pm pick up their diploma in the Beinecke Terrace after Ceremony.
  • Other Important Info:
  • Once you’ve found your seat, please remain seated. Staff will be onsite at the entrances and around the seating area to help you locate your seat.
  • The ceremony will include Self-Graduation: Self-graduation is a Yale SOM tradition that began at the very first Commencement ceremony of the school. It is a tradition where our graduates announce the names of their classmates as they receive their diplomas. As the first graduate comes forward to receive their diploma, the next graduate will announce the graduate’s name. Each graduate will do the same and Dean Jain will announce the name of the last graduate. 
  • The ceremony will include a welcome from Dean Charles, speeches from our student speakers, and the official roll call of students attending in-person, where you will walk across the stage and collect your diploma cover. Please remember that you must pick up your diploma after the ceremony in Beinecke Terrace.