What happens if it rains?


Rain, unfortunately, is not an infrequent occurrence in Connecticut in May. Unless weather conditions are dangerous or severe, Commencement and Class Day will take place outside on Old Campus, although processions and programs may be shortened. Diploma ceremonies in some residential colleges and schools may be moved to alternative locations, which are posted to the website in spring; other diploma ceremonies will take place under courtyard tents or in previously announced interior locations. Ponchos are the rain gear of choice, both for unimpeded sight lines and for the comfort of guests who would otherwise be on the receiving end of umbrella runoff.

Class Day and Commencement, in addition to the Graduate School Diploma ceremony, are available to stream live from the Yale YouTube Channel. Livestreams of major ceremonies will also be posted to this site’s homepage on the weekend of Commencement.

Simulcasts of Class Day exercises will be available for viewing at the following locations, all of which are wheelchair accessible: 

  • ​Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street
  • Battell Chapel, 400 College Street
  • Levinson Auditorium, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street

Simulcasts of Monday’s Commencement ceremony will be available for viewing at Linsly-Chittenden Hall and Battell Chapel.