Graduate School

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Sunday May 19th

Hall of Graduate Studies
2:00 pm 
Graduate School Convocation,  Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS)  courtyard tent, 320 York Street.

This ceremony, presided over by Dean Tom Pollard, features the awarding of student prizes and graduate faculty mentor awards. The Convocation speaker will be a distinguished Yale faculty member and/or a Graduate School alumnus or alumna. All degree candidates and their guests are encouraged to attend. No tickets are needed, and academic regalia is not required

3:00 pm
Dean's reception for degree candidates and guests with music and light refreshments, McDougal Center Common Room,   Hall of Graduate Studies

Monday May 20th
9:00 am  
Wearing academic attire, Graduate School candidates assemble in HGS courtyard for procession to Cross Campus . 

Guests should proceed directly to Old Campus  

9:40 am  
Candidates assemble on Cross Campus by sign indicating degree. 

10:30 am  
University Commencement exercises, Old Campus .

Tickets are not required for guests, although all degree candidates must submit  attendance response forms  by May 1. 

Approximately 12:15 pm, following Old Campus ceremonies  
Presentation of diplomas in Woolsey Hall , corner of Prospect and College Streets.

The GSAS diploma ceremony will be videotaped and streamed on the Commencement website homepage, and on this mobile site. Friends and family members who cannot attend the diploma ceremony are encouraged to view the ceremony online.  

Diplomas for the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy, Master of Arts,* Master of Science, and Master of Engineering are awarded by the Dean and faculty representatives from each department or program.  

Degree candidates will sit in the orchestra section by department or degree program and will be called to the stage individually to receive a diploma from the Dean. Guests may find seats on the sides and in the balconies. No tickets are required either for degree candidates or guests. 

The handicapped-accessible entrance to Woolsey Hall is via Beinecke Plaza .  
* Students receiving master's degrees from the Yale MacMillan Center for International & Area Studies and the Economic Growth Center receive their diplomas in a ceremony held at Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue . Included are master's candidates in African Studies, East Asian Studies, International & Development Economics, International Relations, and European and Russian Studies. A complimentary luncheon and reception for YCIAS graduates and guests immediately follows in Luce Hall.  

Professional photographs will be taken of each student receiving a diploma, at both the Woolsey Hall and Luce Hall diploma ceremonies. Commencement Photos, a commercial service, will mail degree candidates information about purchasing their photos. Candidates may also contact Commencement Photos  directly to inquire. 

1:30 pm 
Dean's luncheon for Woolsey Hall degree recipients and guests, HGS courtyard tent, Common Room, and Dining Hall . Meat, vegetarian and children's box lunches available. Please indicate on online attendance form  if you and your guests expect to attend the luncheon.
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