Welcome to Yale University’s Commencement website! Here you will information to help you plan a joyous, celebratory weekend.

Yale’s 316th Commencement will take place on Monday, May 22, 2017. The dates for major ceremonies throughout Commencement weekend can be found on the Schedule of Events page. More events, activities, and other information will continue to be posted on this website throughout winter and spring. Yale College and the graduate and professional schools will also begin communicating with their students about Commencement weekend as they solidify their plans for school-specific events.

To look back at the traditions and festivities of Commencement 2016, visit Yale’s YouTube channel for a recap of the weekend’s celebrations. Photos and stories about the ceremonies and the Class of 2016 are available on Yale’s Flickr page and in our 2016 News and Photo Galleries.


November 21, 2016
Yale ALERT can reach students, faculty, staff and members of the New Haven community, with time-sensitive information during unforeseen events or emergencies using voice,...
May 26, 2016
Click on the videos to watch the 2016 University Commencement exercises, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Diploma Ceremony, Yale College Class Day, and Baccalaureate...
May 25, 2016
Rebecca Modiano had no intention of joining the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp when she arrived at Yale University as a freshman.
May 24, 2016
One minute, the Old Campus was serene. Small sparrows flitted about and landed on some of the thousands of empty white chairs lined in neat rows. Family members and other...
May 24, 2016
The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs celebrated its 33 graduates today with a diploma ceremony and celebratory lunch at Horchow Hall. The Institute awarded 31 MA degrees...