Yale Law School Commencement Events

Monday, April 1, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

J.D. Class Photo and Graduation Fair

Law School Courtyard

Members of the J.D. graduating class will gather for a class photo. Dress is casual.
Food and drinks will be served immediately following the photo and YLS administrators will be on hand from various departments to answer questions about graduation and the transition to your post-YLS life.

Rain Date April 3, 2019


Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Graduation Banquet: Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing

New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Avenue

Dress is semi-formal.

A Yale Shuttle will make continuous runs from the corner of Wall and York Streets to the Lawn Club beginning at 6:15 p.m., with return runs from about 7:45 p.m. If you intend to use your own transportation, directions are available from Marie Carrano (Room M85) or Caroline Curtis (Room J44).


Thursday, April 18, 2019, 12:30-1:30 p.m

Graduate Program’s End of Year Luncheon

Faculty Lounge

For all MSL, LLM, JSD, PhD students. Photos will be taken immediately following the luncheon.


Thursday, April 18, 2019, 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Graduate Programs Class Photo

Law School Courtyard (If it rains, the photo will be taken inside of the law school)

Members of the Graduate Program graduating class will gather for a photo.


Monday, April 22, 2019, 5:00 p.m. 

Community Picnic

Law School Courtyard


Monday, April 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m. 

Law Revue

YLS Auditorium


Sunday May 19, 2019, 5:00 p.m

Dean’s Reception

Law School Courtyard

Reception hosted by Dean Heather Gerken for graduating students, family and guests. Invitations will be available at the Registrar’s Office in April (there is no limit on the number of guests).
No tickets are required

Monday, May 20, 2019

Commencement Day

8:00 a.m.

A light breakfast is available for graduating students and guests in the Ruttenberg Dining Hall. 

9:15 a.m.   

Main Hallway, Yale Law School

Degree candidates line up in main hallway of Yale Law School and process to Cross Campus near Law School sign.

10:30 a.m.

Old Campus 

University Commencement exercises. No tickets are required.

Followed by:    

William K. Lanman Center 

Law School Commencement exercises. The Law School ceremony will begin after the University ceremony, at approximately 12:30 p.m. in the William K. Lanman Center of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium. In recent years the Law School ceremony has ended by 2:30 p.m. Invitations will be available at the Registrar’s Office in April (there is no limit on the number of guests).
No tickets are required

Followed by:   

Yale Law School Courtyard

Champagne Reception


More information on Yale University Commencement Events that may be of interest to you and your families.