The message below was sent to the Class of 2020 on March 25, 2020.
President Salovey has informed the university community that the spread of COVID-19 and the public health precautions put in place to attempt to blunt its effect will keep us from gathering together on campus for commencement. This decision is saddening and disappointing, especially for our graduating students who have worked so hard and achieved so much at Yale. But it is the right decision. Each of us must continue to follow the advice of public health and medical experts so that we can put an end to this pandemic.
Although we cannot be together in May, we will find other meaningful ways to mark your accomplishments then and will explore how we can celebrate together at a future date. In the next few days, I will convene a planning committee that includes students to ensure your preferences and perspectives are represented in future celebrations, including any in-person gatherings.
I understand that it is very important that you receive your diplomas or confirmation of your degree conferral in a timely manner. We will work closely with the university registrar to ensure this happens. Also, any deposit that you or your families have made for caps and gowns or on-campus housing will be refunded in full.
Please visit the commencement website for updated information and FAQs that may be helpful to you. You can also email the commencement office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the commencement phone line at 203-432-5573.
I will be back in touch with details as plans develop. In the meantime, I am sending my best wishes to you and your families for good health and wellbeing.
Kimberly M. Goff-Crews