Information for Graduate and Professional Students

Information for Graduate and Professional Students


The registrar will send an email in the spring with instructions to visit the HUB to confirm the listing of your name and degree.

Corrections are due by April 8.

Commencement Protocol

When you reach your designated seats on Old Campus, sit immediately. Rise and 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,  sit down. After the benediction, stand until the president, members of the Yale Corporation, and honorary degree recipients 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.