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Commencement 2018: Beautiful Sunshine – The Perfect Day for Graduation!

May 24, 2018

The morning started with coffee and the sound of excited chatter as nearly 500 Graduate School students and faculty gathered at the Hall of Graduate Studies to prepare for their procession to Old Campus.

After a pep rally from Dean Cooley, where she encouraged students to cheer loudly at every mention of the Graduate School, the playing of the bagpipes by Duncan Keller (Geology and Geophysics) indicated it was time to process to celebrate the 317th Yale University Commencement.

In full academic regalia, Dean Cooley was followed by Deans Pamela Schirmeister, Richard Sleight, Ann Gaylin, Jasmina Besirevic Regan, Lisa Brandes and Robert Harper-Mangels, student banner bearers Sayd (Sarah) Randle (Anthropology and Forestry & Environmental Studies) and Julie Lum (History of Art), and student marshals.

About 20,000 students and family members gathered at Old Campus to witness the granting of 3,728 degrees to the undergraduate and graduate/professional students.

Adhering to Yale tradition, at the climax of the earned degree program, Dean Lynn Cooley presented the PhD candidates to President Peter Salovey (PhD 1986, Psychology) in Latin, and he responded in Latin, conferring their doctorates, which elicited loud cheering and applause.

Yale also conferred 10 Honorary Degrees before Graduate School students, together with their guests, rushed to Woolsey Hall for the 157th Graduate School Commencement and diploma ceremony.

This year, GSAS awarded a total of 1,298 degrees. Of those, 400 were PhDs and 359 were MPhil degrees.

The following Master’s degrees were granted: 263 MS; 275 MA; and there was one MAS. Some students were granted more than one degree as they stepped onto the stage.

Thomas Pollard, Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School, assisted in the presentation of diplomas to enable Dean Cooley to attend her own daughter’s graduation at Yale’s Davenport College.

About 2,000 graduates and their guests then enjoyed a picnic lunch and the glorious weather at HGS.

Please see links to photos below:

Convocation 2018
Commencement 2018

Commencement 2018 Continued