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Commencement FAQ

Please review the Class of 2020 & 2021 Commencement FAQ booklet prior to the events on Saturday, May 14th. Access the booklet


SCHEDULE

The university continues to monitor developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans for this event remain subject to change based on developments locally, statewide, and nationally, as well as changes in university policy.

More detailed information can be found on the university’s COVID-19 website. Please also review the international travel COVID-19 resources that Yale has compiled, including vaccination requirements.

Thursday, May 12th
5:30pm: Class of 2020 and 2021 Closing Bell (classmates and 3 guests)
6:00pm: EMBA Class of 2020 and 2021 Closing Bell and Commencement Dinner (classmates and 3 guests)

Friday, May 13th
8:00am: Individual Class Breakfast (classmates only)
9:00am: Individual Class Sessions (classmates only)
11:00am: Individual Class Lunches (classmates and 3 guests)
2:00pm: Plenary Session (classmates and 3 guests)
3:30pm: Concurrent Sessions (classmates and 3 guests)
4:30pm: Yale SOM Alumni Affinity Mixer (classmates and 3 guests)
6:30pm: Individual Class Dinners (classmates and 3 guest)

Saturday, May 14th*
8:30am: Classmates should arrive at Evans Hall to process together to the ceremony. All classmates who wish to participate in the Commencement ceremony on Old Campus, must be dressed in proper regalia.
9:00am: Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 will walk from Evans Hall to Cross Campus for the University Ceremony. Specific processional route will be sent prior to the ceremony. Guests in attendance can either choose to line up along the processional route to wave and cheer, stay at Evans Hall, or make their way to Old Campus for the ceremony.
10:30am: The ceremony at Old Campus is open to all guests (in accordance with COVID protocols).
12:30pm: SOM ceremony begins. Immediately following the ceremony, classmates and guests will have the option to pickup a boxed, to-go lunch at Evans Hall if they have ordered one during registration. 

*Open to classmates and all guests.

Sunday, May 15th
Various Times: Brunch at Evans Hall
 

FAQs

WHO IS INVITED TO THE EVENT ON MAY 12-15, 2022?

All members of the class of 2020 and 2021 are invited to the event, including members of the full-time MBA, EMBA, MAM, and MMS programs. 

Alumni who graduated in January 2022 are also invited to this ceremony and will not be able to participate in the commencement for the Class of 2022 on May 23, 2022. 

COMMENCEMENT SPEECH SELECTION PROCESS

All alumni attending the Class of 2020 & Class of 2021 Celebration Commencement festivities are invited to submit a speech to be read at Evans Hall during the SOM commencement. 

Submitting a Speech:

  • All speeches must be submitted to yalesomalumni@yale.edu by Monday, April 18th via a word document.
  • Speech submitters guarantee that if selected, they will be on campus to read the speech during commencement on Saturday, May 14th.
  • Speeches should not exceed two minutes in length when read out loud.

Speech Selection Process:

  • Yale SOM staff will anonymize all speech submissions.
  • The Class Celebration Committees from 2020 and 2021 will review all submissions and choose the top speeches by class (not to exceed one per program).
  • While the goal is to have every program represented in each class, if the submissions don’t support it the committee will determine the top speeches without referencing program (not to exceed three speeches per class). 
  • If a committee member submits a speech they must recuse themselves from the review and selection process.
  • Speech winners will be notified by Friday, May 6.
VISA LETTER REQUESTS

Alumni and guests traveling from outside of the country to attend commencement and reunion may request a visa letter from the Alumni Relations Office. Please fill out the form and send it back to yalesomalumni@yale.edu.

WHERE CAN I GET MY REGALIA?

Online orders for gowns were accepted via SIS through Thursday, March 31, 2022. 

If you do not have regalia, there will be a very limited number of extra caps, gowns, and hoods available during regalia distribution. All extras will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact asa.yale.edu for additional support.

If you already have regalia from the 2021 commencement you do not need to re-order. The University is requiring regalia to take part in the ceremony this year.

Regalia distribution for those who ordered from through SIS this year will take place at TEAL, 17 Hillhouse Ave. during times noted below.  
-Friday, May 13, 2022: 10am - 8pm
-Saturday, May 14, 2022:  7am - 10:30am

Regalia for the MBA for Executives class of 2020 will be distributed at the Commencement Dinner at the New Haven Lawn Club on Thursday, May 12th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. For those not in attendance at the dinner, please email emba@yale.edu to make alternate arrangements. 

The EMBA Class of 2021 received their regalia during the 2021 Commencement, and therefore they are responsible for bringing their own regalia. 

WILL CHILDCARE SERVICES BE OFFERED?

Childcare will not be offered for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Celebration. We have been monitoring staff shortages, including for daycare, and have concluded we cannot guarantee adequate staffing for Camp SOM while also providing the necessary staffing for commencement celebrations and reunion sessions.

DO I NEED TO BE VACCINATED TO ATTEND THE FESTIVITIES IN PERSON?

As announced on May 4, Yale University has issued an exception to its COVID-19 policy for Commencement activities. This exception includes the Yale School of Management's Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Commencement activities on Saturday, May 14th. 


In accordance with this exception, unvaccinated guests may now attend the Commencement activities at Evans Hall on Saturday, May 14th so as long as they register and attest to follow these requirements. This exception does not extend to activities on Thursday, May 12th, Friday, May 13th, and Sunday, May 15th. Attendees at these events must abide by the event's COVID Safety Protocols, including being fully vaccinated and up-to-date with boosters.

WHAT ARE THE ANTICIPIATED COVID SAFETY REQUIREMENTS?

We will be making every effort to make this event a fun and seamless experience for you and your guests. However, we are aware that COVID-19 variants are still present in New Haven and in places from which you and your classmates are traveling. Here are the latest policies in place to ensure the safety of all attendees visiting campus as well as Yale staff and students. Please continue to check back for any updates. 

WHAT FUN THINGS ARE THERE TO DO IN NEW HAVEN WITH FAMILIES?

Please check the website of individual locations regarding the most recent guidelines surrounding hours of operation, visitor policies, and vaccination requirements. 

Yale University Art Gallery The Yale University Art Gallery collects, preserves, studies, and presents art in all media, from all regions of the globe and across time. The museum’s exceptional collection—numbering nearly 300,000 objects—is the core of its identity. It sustains and catalyzes all we do.

Founded in 1832, the Gallery is the oldest university art museum in America. Today, it is a center for teaching, learning, and scholarship and is a preeminent cultural asset for Yale University, the wider academic community, and the public. The museum is open to all, free of charge, and is committed to engaging audiences through thoughtful, creative, and relevant exhibitions, programs, and publications.

Yale Center for British Art The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and research institute that houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the collection reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period onward. 

East Rock Park The Summit of East Rock is accessible by foot, bicycle or car and affords visitors a spectacular view of downtown New Haven, New Haven Harbor, Long Island Sound, and surrounding communities. It is a favorite tourist stop in New Haven. The 425-acre park is located on the New Haven / Hamden border.

New Haven Museum Three hundred and seventy-five years of history come to life at the New Haven Museum. From the colony’s founding as a puritan village through its growth into a major industrial center and now a thriving metropolitan area, New Haven’s history is brought to life for our visitors, inspiring a rich appreciation of the City’s past, present, and future.

Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop is an experimental learning workshop for students, teachers, and families. We collect, interpret, and teach experiments that are the roots of design and invention.

The New Haven Green Founded in 1638, New Haven, Connecticut is one of the oldest cities in the United States and also one of the most walkable cities in New England. The New Haven Green, a remarkable 16-acre site in the center of the downtown, is the central square in the original nine square design of the city. The Green is famous for its canopy of elm trees, free concerts, and historic architecture. 

The Committee of the Proprietors of Common and Undivided Lands at New Haven was established in 1810. The five trustees act to preserve the Green's history, preventing its commercialization and ensuring that it remains an open and beautiful green space for enjoyment by the community. The New Haven Green is a National Historic Landmark and was named one of the country's top 10 public spaces by the American Planning Association.
 
Ely Center of Contemporary Art Founded in 1961, the John Slade Ely House is New Haven's first major arts center curating hosting many regional arts organizations.

Grove Street Cemetery The New Haven, Connecticut, burial ground, opened 1796, is the oldest cemetery in the nation designed as a “city of the dead,” with named avenues and cross streets. A National Historic Landmark, it is also the first chartered burial ground in the United States and the first to be arranged in family lots.

Wooster Square Park  Wooster Square is a neighborhood in the city of New Haven, Connecticut to the east of downtown. The name refers to a park square located between Greene Street, Wooster Place, Chapel Street and Academy Street in the center of the neighborhood. The Wooster Square Park is included in the Wooster Square Historic District and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ralph Walker Skating Rink Ralph Walker Ice Rink at Blake Field is New Haven's open-air ice rink. 

Pez Visitor Center Come see and experience the PEZ brand in person. Over 4,000 square feet dedicated to all things PEZ! See the largest, most comprehensive collection of PEZ memorabilia on public display in the world, PEZ motorcycle built by Orange County Choppers, the world's largest PEZ dispenser, viewing area into our production area, PEZ trivia game, retail area, interactive historical time line and much more. Learn about the brand that has been inspiring and innovating since 1927!

It Adventure Indoor Ropes Course It Adventure Ropes Course - Two 60’ high ropes courses. The largest indoor ropes course in the world, with over 100 activities like zig zag swinging beams, crisscross angle rope ladders, cargo nets, bridges, and plank-walking!
 

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE ON SATURDAY

Returning graduates and families who would like information about plans for accommodating religious observance on Saturday are invited to contact the Commencement office.

COMMENCEMENT ACCESSIBILITY

Assisted seating and wheelchairs are available at the SOM ceremony for those with accessibility needs. There will be a designated seating area located on the right side of the Evans Hall courtyard. There will be a ramp, but please keep in mind that seating is in a grassy area. Families with a reserved seating in this area will be seated together in the assigned chairs which will be labeled. 

You can reserve a wheelchair from the University here, and you will need to coordinate pick up directly with the University.

To request assisted seating please send an email to som.aasl@yale.edu including the number of seats needed, if you will attending with a stroller and whether anyone in the party will be in a wheelchair. 

You will receive a confirmation once you request is approved.
 

WHERE CAN I PARK FOR FREE ON CAMPUS?

Free parking is available throughout the weekend at the locations listed below: 

Lot 16 located at 260 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511 (Located at Whitney Ave and Humphrey Street) 

Pierson-Sage Parking Garage located at 320 Edwards Street (Access from Whitney Ave and Humphrey Street or Edwards Street) 

Additional parking information can be found here.

Hotel Accommodations

There is limited hotel availability in and around New Haven for the Class of 2020 & Class of 2021 Celebration. Please book your accommodations (listed below) as soon as possible.

Courtyard by Marriott at Yale
30 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (888) 522-1186

Study at Yale
1157 Chapel Street 
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 866-930-1157 or 203-503-3900

Omni New Haven Hotel
155 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06510
800-843-6664

New Haven Hotel
229 George Street 
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-654-7295

Graduate New Haven 
1151 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 207-7070

The Blake
9 High Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203) 390-5352

Hotel Marcel
Please contact Susan Norz to book your reservation
500 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 780-7800    

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham New Haven
400 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 562-1111

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Milford
278 Old Gate Lane
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 877-9411

Holiday Inn Express Branford/New Haven
309 E Main Street
Branford, CT 06405
Phone: (230) 488-4035

Hampton Inn Milford
129 Plains Road
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 874-4400

Hyatt Place- Milford/New Haven
190 Old Gate Lane
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 877-9800

Courtyard by Marriott Orange/Milford
136 Marsh Hill Road
Orange, CT 06477
Phone: (203) 799-2200

Homewood Suites by Hilton Orange/New Haven
99 Marsh Hill Road
Orange, CT 06477
Phone: (203) 553-9148