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Information for All Graduating Students

Information for Yale College Seniors

Information for Graduate and Professional Students


Information for All Graduating Students

Payment of Bills

Students with unpaid charges will not receive diplomas until charges are paid. All amounts due which appear on April bills from the Office of Student Financial Services must be paid in full by May 1 before diplomas are released. 

During the spring term, all degree candidates with outstanding loans will be asked by email to complete an online exit interview. This interview is required before diplomas are released. 

Contact Student Financial Services at 203-432-2700.

Return of Library Materials

Graduating students should return borrowed library materials prior to Commencement and resolve outstanding issues with respect to fines and fees owed. Please direct disputes to the billing library. Failure to do so may result in diplomas being withheld. You may check your library account online or contact Sterling Memorial Library Information Services Desk at smlcirc@yale.edu or 203-432-7189.

Graduating students are eligible for free borrowing privileges through the summer and may continue those privileges after August 31 at the alumni rate. Visit the Alumni Borrowing Guide for more information or contact SML Information Services Desk. 

Information for Yale College Seniors

Diplomas

The registrar will send an email in February with instructions to visit sfas.yale.edu/sis to confirm the listing of your name and degree. If corrections are required, print out the form “Diploma Name and Degree Verification.” Enter your corrections, sign, and submit the form in person or by fax to the Registrar’s office, 246 Church Street, 3rd floor. Fax: 203-432-8644.

Corrections are due by April 10

Baccalaureate Protocol

Sit immediately when you reach your seat in Woolsey Hall. Stand when the President’s party enters. When the President sits, remove your cap and sit. Stand at the end of the President’s address, when he says, “Women and men of the Class of 2018….” At the conclusion of the service, replace your cap and follow your dean out of the hall.

Commencement Protocol

When you reach your designated seats on Old Campus, sit immediately and remove your cap. Rise and put your cap on after the Dean of Yale College presents candidates for your degree. When all candidates for bachelors’ degrees are standing, the President will confer degrees “as designated by the Dean;” and student marshals will go forward to accept symbolic diplomas. When they return to their places, remove your cap and sit down. Following the benediction, replace your cap and stand until the President and members of the Yale Corporation have left the platform. Follow your dean back to your residential college to receive your diploma.

Academic attire should be worn over appropriate dark clothing. Please refrain from taking pictures during the procession. 

Information for Graduate and Professional Students

Diplomas

Your registrar will seek confirmation of the listing of your name. Corrections must be received by your registrar no later than April 10

Diplomas for Law School candidates become available after Commencement and must be mailed. All Law School candidates should submit a mailing address by April 10. Candidates from other schools who wish to have their diplomas mailed should submit by April 10 a diploma mailing address valid after June 1 at sfas.yale.edu/sis

Commencement Protocol

When you reach your designated seats on Old Campus, sit immediately and remove your cap. Rise and put your cap on after your dean says the following: “I have the honor to present candidates for the degree of (name), xxx in number.” When all candidates for your degree are standing, the President confers degrees “as designated by the dean”; and student marshals go forward to accept symbolic diplomas. As they return to their places, remove your cap and sit down. After the benediction, replace your cap and stand until the President and members of the Yale Corporation have left the platform. Follow your marshals back to your school, or to a place designated by your dean, to receive your diploma. 

Academic attire should be worn over appropriate dark clothing. Please refrain from taking pictures during the procession.