Commencement 2020 - Update

November 15, 2019

The message below was sent to the family and friends of the Class of 2020 on November 15, 2019.

Dear Families and Friends of the Class of 2020,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to Yale University’s three hundred nineteenth Commencement. 

Commencement weekend activities for students and their guests begin on Saturday, May 16 and culminate in the University Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 18 on our historic Old Campus. 

The major ceremonies of the weekend are:
Baccalaureate | Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 in Woolsey Hall (assigned by residential college, four tickets per student)
 Saturday, May 16 2:30 p.m. – Jonathan Edwards, Grace Hopper, Trumbull, Silliman, and Ezra Stiles Colleges
Sunday, May 17 9:00 a.m. – Berkeley, Davenport, Benjamin Franklin, and Pauli Murray Colleges
Sunday, May 17 11:00 a.m. – Branford, Timothy Dwight, Morse, Pierson, and Saybrook Colleges

Class Day | Sunday, May 17 on Old Campus (all Yale College seniors and their guests, no tickets required)
Commencement ceremony and residential college diploma ceremonies | Monday, May 18 on Old Campus (all university graduates and their guests, no tickets required)
On-campus housing reservations will open on Monday, November 18. The Commencement website will be updated with a link to the registration website. We recommend viewing accommodation information and the registration how-to guide before making your room reservations.

We are pleased to offer a limited number of complimentary wheelchairs for Commencement weekend to family members and friends with accessibility needs. We can provide up to two wheelchairs per family and urge guests who do not use a wheelchair at home, but who may be challenged by the crowds and considerable walking between events, to consider using a wheelchair while at Commencement. 

Please use the Commencement website as your best source for Commencement weekend. Details about ceremonies and other activities, dining, announcements, and yearbooks will be updated throughout the academic year. You can reach the Commencement Office at or 203-432-5573.

Over the coming months, we will send routine updates with key dates and reminders. In December, we will write to you and your student with tips to help plan your weekend and key dates to remember. In March, you will receive additional information on on-campus dining options, special performances that take place throughout the weekend, and other Commencement-related services. You may also receive separate college-specific information from your graduate’s residential college. 

I hope you will join us for this proud occasion. We look forward to celebrating with you and with our seniors in May. 

Kimberly M. Goff-Crews
Secretary and Vice President for University Life