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GSAS Commencement Schedule Outline

2019 Commencement Schedule
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Yale University
University Commencement site
GSCommencement@yale.edu
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Sunday, May 19

10:30am, Graduate School Commencement Convocation, Lecture Hall, Yale University Art Gallery (enter at ramp at 201 York Street, across from Loria Center)

Awarding of graduate student prizes and graduate faculty mentor prizes. Remarks by Dean Cooley & mentors. Prize winners and their guests encouraged to attend; academic regalia is not required. Seating is limited.

2:00pm, Class Day with Speaker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, GSAS '08 (M.A.)

Class Day at Yale opens with a notable guest speaker, and then the awarding of Yale College (undergraduate) student prizes for the graduating class. There is no speaker in the main University Ceremony on Monday. All graduating and current students and guests and members of the Yale community are welcome to attend Class Day, with plenty of seating on Old Campus. 

*This year's class day speaker is noted Nigerian novelist and Ted Talk presenter Chimamanda Adichie, a Yale Graduate School Alumna (2008, African Studies M.A.). You may attend the speech and then may leave if you do not wish to stay for the awarding for Yale College prizes afterwards.

Monday, May 20

8:45am, Graduates & Guests Assemble, McDougal Center Courtyard Tent (behind 135 Prospect Street, enter off Hillhouse Avenue if possible)
Faculty and degree candidates should wear academic attire (cap, hood and gown), either rented or purchased. See commencement web site for cap & gown pickup. Guests should proceed directly to Old Campus to find seating.

9:15am, Procession to Cross Campus
Dean Cooley leads the faculty and student procession to Cross Campus at about 9:15; guests should proceed immediately to Old Campus for seating.

9:45am, Cross Campus Assembly
Degree candidates assemble under signs indicating their degree. Due to space limitations and procession routes, guests are not encouraged to stand on Cross Campus, but should proceed immediately to Old Campus for seating and Ceremony viewing.

10:30am, University Commencement exercises, Old Campus, corner High and Elm
All University ceremony with symbolic awarding of degrees by school and presentations of honorary degree recipients. No tickets required for guests but seating is limited so early arrival is suggested. Old campus will open at 8am Monday for guests. Note that Bags larger than 12x12 will not be allowed, and all bags will be inspected at Old Campus. Security may ask a guest with a large bag to return it to their car or room. On Monday, when many of our guests have large bags with them after checking out of their rooms, guests will be able to check their bags at no cost in a truck outside of Phelps Gate prior to entering Old Campus. Unfortunately, large bags cannot be stored for other indoor ceremonies.

Approximately 12:15pm, Graduate School Diploma Ceremony, Woolsey Hall, Grove & Prospect Streets
Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A./M.S. diplomas awarded by Dean Cooley and faculty representatives from each department or degree program. No tickets required for guests for ceremony. Followed by GSAS Dean's Reception for Graduating Students and their guests, McDougal Center Courtyard Tents (enter from Hillhouse Avenue near Sachem Street or Watson Center, 60 Sachem Street) with light refreshments and beverages for adults and children.

  • By April 15, all GSAS 2018-19 Graduates must respond whether or not they intend to participate in the Diploma Ceremony using the GSAS Commencement Response Form online

*Students receiving master's degrees from the M.A./M.A.S. programs of the Jackson Institute attend a separate diploma ceremony at Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Avenue. A reception follows there.

*Most students receiving a B.A./M.A. or B.S./M.S. choose to receive both their diplomas at their residential colleges.