Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Yale Commencement Attendance Response Card
May 22 -23, 2016

Every GSAS Student receiving a degree in 2015-16 MUST complete this form (whether attending or not).
*APRIL 15 was the original deadline to submit your GSAS Commencement response form here. 
*April 15-30 was the extended  deadline to complete the form.
*From May 13-May 23, graduates late in requesting to march in person should still complete this form. You also MUST email the GSAS Commencement Office ( to request that we accomodate your very late response.     -As a late responder, you will not be seated in your department section at Woolsey, but will be seated in special section, with your name called at the end of the ceremony.
*After May 13, Lunch orders for the May 23 GSAS Commencement Picnic at HGS can NO LONGER be accepted, due to pre-set limits with Yale Dining. Please make your own lunch arrangements at any of New Haven's fine restaurants.
*NOT ATTENDING in Person:  You must still complete the form here if Not Attending in person, and use the Diploma form linked here to direct your diploma (Mail or Pickup) as requested. 
See GSAS Commencement info online at the GSAS Website 
For questions about GS Commencement attendance,  email
Video Livestreaming online: For 2016, 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.

SCHEDULE of GSAS Commencement Events

Sunday, May 22 

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 23

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 video streamed live and on Youtube here.

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

Diplomas awarded by GSAS 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.

All GSAS graduates must complete this online form to receive their diploma in person or by mail.

*No tickets are required for the Woolsey ceremony for you or your guests - Each Graduate has an assigned seat at Woolsey; guest seating is open and unassigned (no tickets required for guests). This GSAS Diploma Ceremony is streamed live at Yale Youtube channel. for family and friends who can not attend.

*The Woolsey Hall ceremony awards all PhD diplomas and those of students in terminal Masters programs, with the exception of those in Jackson Institute (see below). Students receiving the MA, MS or MPhil degree en route to the PhD degree do not normally attend the GS Diploma Ceremony in person. Please email if you wish to discuss this as an en route degree recipient.

**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.