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.
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.
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.
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