For Students

This information may be impacted by current health conditions, for the most up to date information about Commencement 2021, please visit the homepage.

Information for All Graduating Students

Return of Library Materials

All due dates for Yale Library materials, including Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and BorrowDirect, have been extended to Sept. 15, 2020. This is a manual process and still under way, so please don’t be concerned if you are still seeing overdue or recalled materials on your record; there is no action needed on your part.

At this point, all library fines accrued due to the COVID-19 pandemic should have been waived and removed from your account. If you are still seeing library fines on your final bill, please let the library know right away by emailing

If you have library materials, including ILL or BorrowDirect, please hold onto them for now. Over the summer, we will be in touch with instructions on how to return them. If, for any reason, you must return materials sooner, you may use the book drops at Sterling Memorial Library or Bass Library. Please note that material returned to book drops will not be removed from your library account until the library re-opens. To see the books you currently have checked out, go to and select “Your Library Account” at the top right of the page header.

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 may be found on the Cap and Gown page.

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.