Commencement Weekend Performances & Events 2017

Commencement weekend boasts a cappella and choral concerts, theatrical performances, band and orchestra concerts, and more. Below is a list of these activities that all guests are welcome to attend. For information on Baccalaureate, Class Day, Commencement, diploma ceremonies, or other school-specific events for the College, Graduate School, or professional schools, visit the dedicated pages located at the Schedule of Events.

Please note that some of these activities require tickets. These events are denoted with an (*) and ticket information has been posted where applicable.

Yale Symphony Orchestra Commencement Concert

This concert is free and open to the public. It will feature solo works with orchestra by graduating seniors of the YSO. Visit the YSO Website for more details.

Friday, May 19, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | Battell Chapel, 400 College Street


Yale Dramat Commencement Musical, “Shrek The Musical”*

What does it mean to belong? When do you finally have to face your fears? How do a donkey and a dragon fall in love?

This Commencement season, the Yale Dramatic Association is embarking on a quest to bring the wry, nostalgic Shrek The Musical to the University Theater, and to tell the story of a ragtag team of fairytale creatures along the way.


Friday, May 19, 8:00 p.m. | Saturday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. | Sunday, May 21, 8:00 p.m. | University Theatre, 222 York Street


Service of Remembrance

This service is offered for those who gather this weekend at Yale to celebrate a graduation, yet for whom the circle of celebration is incomplete. It is a chance to remember and include those who died.

Saturday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. | Dwight Hall Chapel, 67 High Street


Carillon Concert, Yale Guild of Carillonneurs

Enjoy the sounds of the 54-bell Carillon of Harkness Tower. This hour-long concert, performed by senior members of the Guild, is best enjoyed from Old Campus. This event is free, and no tickets are required!

Saturday, May 20, 12:00 - 1:00 P.M. | Old Campus, 344 College Street


Senior Varsity Athlete Reception

Reception for senior varsity athletes, their coaches, their families, and Yale Athletics staff. The event is by invitation; tickets are not required but an RSVP is.

Saturday, May 20, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Payne Whitney Gymnasium, 70 Tower Parkway


Yale Glee Club Commencement Concert*

The Yale Glee Club, now in its 156th season, is the oldest choral organization at Yale. In its annual Commencement Concert, the Glee Club will perform a variety of music including motets, spirituals, folk songs, and school songs.

Tickets are $12 for guests and $10 for students. Families of graduating students are invited to order tickets in advance by calling 203-432-4158. To ensure the best seating, please place your order as soon as possible.

Tickets can be purchased here. (Follow the calendar to May 20, 2017)

Saturday, May 20, 8:00 p.m. | Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College Street


University Church Worship

Join Yale’s ecumenical Christian community for Sunday worship in the historic Yale Chapel with music by students in the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

Sunday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. | Battell Chapel, 400 College Street


Yale Concert Band Twilight Concert

The Yale Concert Band presents celebratory music on the eve of Commencement. No tickets are required and all are welcome. For more on the Yale Concert Band, visit their website.

Sunday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. | Old Campus


Yale Whiffenpoofs and Whim ‘n Rhythm Commencement Concert*

You are warmly invited to join Whim ‘n Rhythm and the Whiffenpoofs of Yale for their culminating concert of 2017, a showcase for family, friends, guests, and the wider Yale community before both groups embark on their summer World Tours. We very much hope to see you there for this important moment in our musical and Yale experiences. The doors of Woolsey Hall will open at 7:30 pm for seating. Thank you for your support! Alumni of either group from the Class of 2016 are invited to attend free of charge.


Sunday, May 21, 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. | Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street


Yale Air Force and Naval ROTC Joint Commissioning Ceremony

Colonel Thomas D. McCarthy, Commanding Officer, Air Force ROTC, Yale University and Captain Wayne Grasdock, Commanding Officer, Naval ROTC, Yale University request the pleasure of your company at the Joint Military Commissioning Ceremony honoring the graduates of Air Force and Naval ROTC on the twenty-second of May at four-thirty p.m., Battell Chapel, 400 College Street, New Haven, CT. Reception to follow at The Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street, New Haven, CT. RSVP to Military: Service Dress. Civilian: Business.

Monday, May 22, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Battell Chapel, 400 College Street