For 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 before commencement. Failure to resolve outstanding issues, fines, or fees owed may result in diplomas being withheld.. Please direct disputes to the billing library. You may check your library account online or contact Sterling Memorial Library Information Services Desk at or 203-432-1775.

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

Commencement Announcements

Official Yale Commencement announcements can be ordered directly from the university.  Cards are printed on cream stock with Yale blue lettering, a sample of the announcement can be viewed here. Please expect 10 business days for delivery. Contact Yale Printing and Publishing Services directly for questions via email or by calling 203-432-6560.

Cap & Gown General Information

The Cap & Gown Agency provides academic apparel for those who plan to participate in Commencement exercises. Custom Yale regalia is available by special order. Keepsake caps and gowns are made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.  “Greenweaver” technology, which debuted more than five years ago, was developed by Oak Hall Industries of Salem, Virginia. Caps, gowns, and hoods will be yours to keep and need not be returned at the end of the day. Ordering information will be available early 2019.

Purchase of Yale Custom Regalia

All keepsake robes are black, and all gowns and hoods are intended for relatively limited use. Degree candidates who wish to purchase custom Yale regalia (i.e. “Yale blue” doctoral or master’s gown, faille hood, doctoral tam or cap) may order directly from the Custom Department of Oak Hall Industries, 800-223-0429. Download order forms. Please note that “Yale blue” gowns are not available through the student Cap & Gown Agency.

Commencement DVD

The official university DVD highlights the university’s Commencement events (with a focus on Yale College) and can be ordered directly from Collegiate Video.