Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Yale Commencement Attendance Response Card
May 17-18, 2015

APRIL 15 was the deadline to submit your GSAS Commencement response form, but we extended it to April 30.
*IF ATTENDING: From May 1-15, to attend the Woolsey Diploma Ceremony in person, you must complete the form here, and we will assign you a seat.
*Also please email to let us know you are a late responder. We will get you into the seating chart for the diploma ceremony as usual.
*After May 8, we can no longer take additional HGS picnic lunch requests, due to advance notice needed for catering. Please make plans for you and your guests to dine elsewhere in New Haven after the Woolsey Ceremony. 
After May 1, you may still complete the form here if Not Attending in person, and we will direct your diploma(Mail or Pickup) as you requested.
See GSAS Commencement info online at the GSAS Website 
For questions about GS Commencement attendance,  email
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Livestreaming of Ceremony Video online: For 2015, the University Ceremony Monday morning on Old Campus & the GSAS Diploma Ceremony at Woolsey Hall on Monday afternoon will both be videotaped and livestreamed online, for viewing in real-time and afterwards. Family and friends who are not able to attend can watch you receive your diploma online. See here.

Sunday, May 17 

2:00 pm, Graduate School Convocation, HGS Courtyard Tent, 320 York Street.

Student prizes and faculty mentor prizes awarded. Remarks by Dean Cooley and Graduate Mentor Award winners. All are welcome, no tickets needed; academic regalia is not required. Followed by Dean's Reception in McDougal Common Room & 119 HGS with light refreshments. 

Monday, May 18

9:00 am, Coffee & Robing - Graduates and Guests Assemble, HGS Courtyard

9:25am Procession from HGS. Guests Proceed to Old Campus

9:40am, Cross Campus Degree Candidates assemble under signs indicating their degree.

10:30 am, Old Campus, corner High and Elm University Commencement exercises, Old Campus. No tickets required. Ceremony is streamed live at

Approximately 12:15 pm, Graduate School Diploma Ceremony, Woolsey Hall 

Ph.D., M.Phil. and MA/MS diplomas awarded by Dean Cooley and faculty representatives from each department or degree program. Followed by Dean’s luncheon for Woolsey Hall degree recipients and their guests, faculty and staff, in the HGS courtyard Tent and HGS rooms. No tickets required for ceremony but you must complete this online form to receive your diploma in person or by mail. This Diploma Ceremony is streamed live at

*Students receiving master’s degrees from the Jackson Institute (Global Affairs) receive their diplomas in a separate ceremony held at Horchow Hall on Hillhouse Avenue. A luncheon follows there - please do not signup for the GSAS Dean's lunch Monday at HGS.

Degree Recipient Information & Current Address

A mailing adddress and alternate email is helpful for future communications.  If mailing is requested, December degree recipients may be mailed their diplomas starting in January, based on submission of this response form. May degree recipients will be mailed their diplomas in June following the diploma ceremony.

Address after June 10th (Diploma Address)

Degree(s) Information

Degree(s) Date
Degree(s) Expected
NOTE: BA/MA and BS/MS degree candidates usually receive their GSAS diploma at the ceremony at their undergraduate residential college. All other GSAS degrees are awarded at the Graduate School ceremonies on Monday- at Woolsey Hall for most degrees, with Jackson MA/MAS degrees awarded at Horchow Hall on Monday.

Graduate School Commencement Convocation

Sunday, May 17th
2:00pm -- Convocation, HGS courtyard Tent, 320 York Street.
This ceremony, presided over by Graduate School Dean Cooley, recognizes student prize winners and faculty mentor prize recipients, and features an address by a distinguished faculty member or alumnus. Followed by a reception in the McDougal Center Common Room in HGS, with light refreshments. Academic attire not required. Family and guests including children welcome. No tickets needed.
I shall attend the Graduate School Convocation Ceremony, Sunday

Graduate School Diploma Presentation Ceremony

Monday, May 18th
Approximately 12:15pm, Graduate School Diploma Ceremony, Woolsey Hall - immediately follows the University Ceremony on Old Campus (@10:00am).
Ph.D., M.Phil. and most MA/MS. diplomas awarded by Dean Cooley and faculty representatives from each department or degree program.
*Note:MA/MAS degree receipients in the Jackson Institute program in Global Affairs have a separate diploma ceremony at Horchow Hall, Hillhouse Avenue, with lunch to follow there,
The GSAS Diploma Ceremony at Woolsey Hall will be livestreamed online. Family members and friends who can not attend may watch the ceremony online (live or afterwards online) as GSAS graduates receive their Yale diplomas.
Ceremony Attendance - Please check one

Degree recipients who do not appear in person may have their diplomas mailed or may pick up their diplomas in person from the Secretary's Diploma office in Woodbridge Hall after Commencement.

Graduate School Commencement Lunch for Woolsey Hall Ceremony Degree Recipients

Monday May 18th, GS Dean's Picnic Lunch for Woolsey Hall graduates ~1:30pm - HGS courtyard Tent, Common Room, and Dining Hall. 320 York Street.
Woolsey Hall ceremony: Dean's Lunch at HGS only open for Woolsey Hall Ceremony graduates & their guests.
*Jackson Inst. Ceremony: Jackson Institute Graduates receiving their diplomas at the Horchow Hall ceremony attend a separate lunch there, and should NOT fill out this HGS lunch request section. Please contact Jackson commencement program coordinators for more information on their activities.
Immediately following the conclusion of the GS Diploma ceremony at Woolsey, please return to HGS for the Dean's Lunch, featuring complimentary picnic bag lunches and beverages for Woolsey Hall degree recipients and their guests.
*Each cold picnic bag lunch includes a choice of turkey, beef or vegetarian/vegan sandwich, pretzels, Yale Bakery cookie, and whole fresh fruit. Chilled water and wine (21+) available.
Limited number of sandwiches made with kosher ingredients, and gluten free vegetarian options made byYale dining services are available. The reusable Yale lunch bag is yours to keep.
**Jackson MA/MAS degree recipients have a separate reception and lunch following their ceremony at Horchow Hall, so they should not complete this section.
LUNCH FULL- AS OF May 8, we are NOT able to accept additional HGS lunch orders. Please do not fill out this form - you will need to make alternative plans for lunch elsewhere with your guests. For Woolsey Hall ceremony graduates - list the number of adult sandwich bag lunches for your party (self and guests included). Put zero or leave blank if not attending.

For Woolsey Hall ceremony graduates - list the number of children's bag lunches for your group (for children ages 1-8): Each lunch contains a meat and a vegetarian 1/2 sandwich with children's snacks, fruit and drink option.

Academic Attire Reminder

*** To participate in the Commencement Ceremonies, degree candidates must wear academic attire. They should pre-order or purchase their own academic attire (cap, gown and hood).  Submit your attendance card and see the Commencement web page for more information on Retainables/rentals and Custom Purchases.

Thank you for completing the GSAS Commencement Response form. If you have further questions, please email