Commencement 2021

Yale Law School plans to hold an in-person commencement for students on May 24, 2021 if public health conditions continue to improve. Families and guests may not attend in person and are urged not to come to campus but are invited to participate virtually. Updates will be posted on the University's Commencement page.


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Details for Guests

We understand students may have questions about how coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will affect plans for commencement. 

Yale is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 closely and is consulting with local, state, and federal agencies and experts at the university to safeguard the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.

We will post any updates regarding commencement on this webpage. In the meantime, we encourage you to follow precautions for your well-being and to review Yale’s COVID-19 website for the latest information.

Our commencement ceremony will be for YLS graduates only. Guests will not be able to attend. 

The Yale Law School commencement ceremony will be live streamed. Live auto captions will be provided for this event. If you need additional disability-related accommodation, please contact Yale Law School Office of Student Affairs at Requests should be made by May 19, 2021. Further information and the link will be available closer to May 24. 

Plans for 2022

As long as public-health conditions permit, both the Class of 2020 and 2021 are invited to return to campus with their guests on the weekend of May 13, 2022 to celebrate with a weekend of activities including the University ceremony, a Law School diploma ceremony, and receptions for guests. In the coming months, the University and Law School will provide further updates and information as it becomes available. For now, we hope that you will save the date.