A guide for family, friends, and students

Commencement Orders

Cap & Gown

The Cap & Gown Agency provides academic apparel for those who plan to participate in Commencement exercises. 

Click here for more information, including ordering instructions. 


Announcement Cards

The official graduation announcement of Yale University features the University shield engraved in blue on an off-white card. The inside text is printed in black, and the announcement is available either personalized with the student’s name and degree or degrees expected or non-personalized. 

Click here to be redirected to the Herff Jones website and place your order. All orders will begin manufacturing after April 15, 2016. 

Commencement Video

Collegiate Video’s Commencement programs have been an institution with Yale graduates for over 20 years. Revisit highlights of Commencement weekend, including the eloquence of Baccalaureate, the festive atmosphere of Class Day, and the celebratory occasion of Commencement. The professionally recorded and edited video is approximately 120 minutes long and includes an abundance of student cutaways plus the entire graduating class in cap and gown passing through Phelps Gate on Commencement day. The primary focus of the video is Yale College students, though graduate and professional school students may also enjoy the collection of images.

Families can choose between DVD, Blu-ray disc, or, for the first time, USB Flash Drive, which contains a high definition file for archiving to personal computers or uploading to cloud accounts. The cost of any format is $70 plus $7 shipping and handling. 

Visit the Collegiate Video website to learn more or call them at (802) 365-4414 for more information.

Flowers for Graduates

Looking to give your graduate something special? Flowers will be available for purchase from Commencement Flowers on the day of Yale’s Commencement exercises, Monday, May 23, 2016. You may also preorder your arrangement by visiting the Commencement Flower website

Flower arrangements can be picked up or purchased on the day of Commencement at any of the locations around Old Campus listed below, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016:

  • on Old Campus outside Bingham Hall (enter through Welch Gate on College Street)
  • outside Berkley College facing Elm Street near Rose Walkway 
  • on the grass right outside Calhoun Head of College front door facing College Street

To see a map of these locations, click here. 

Yale Yearbook

Yale Banner Publications produces and markets Yale’s undergraduate yearbook, the nation’s longest-running collegiate annual, with the aim of documenting and publishing the history of Yale College every year. As a chronicle of the activities and events of Yale’s undergraduate organizations, athletics teams, residential colleges, and the general student body, the Yale Banner has preserved memories of Yale for the graduating classes since 1841. This year’s 2016 Yale Banner will mark the 175th anniversary of the publication, and presents the largest number of photographed seniors in the recent decade of the publication’s history. Order your yearbook today at this link, where you also have the option to order a recognition ad for your graduating senior!