Preparing for Commencement


COVID-19 Policy: The Law School follows University policy, which requires that Commencement guests be fully vaccinated (children under five are exempt) and boosted (if eligible), carry documentation, and be prepared to share their documentation if asked. Masks are required at the ceremony. Visit the University website for more information.

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.

Class of 2022

Regalia may be picked up at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium (John J. Lee Amphitheater). Please bring your Yale I.D. If you are unable to pick up your regalia at any of these times, you must make arrangements for someone else to pick it up for you. The person who is picking up your attire must present their Yale I.D. (or a valid official I.D.) with a note and your signature giving them permission to pick up your attire.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022: 11am-5pm

Thursday, May 19, 2020: 11am-6pm

Friday, May 20, 2022: 12pm-4pm

Saturday, May 21, 2022: 12pm-4pm

Sunday, May 22, 2022: 8am-11am

Monday, May 23, 2022: 8am-10am

 

Find additional details at: https://asa.yale.edu/agencies/caps-gowns

You must verify your diploma name through SIS no later than April 11. Your first and last names must be your legal names. If you also want to include your middle name(s), you may ask that the name(s) be fully spelled out or listed as initials. Note: University policy is that only names will be put on diplomas; no honorifics (Dr., etc.) or other degrees (M.B.A., M.D., etc.) will be included, so do not add either of these to your name on the diploma list.

To confirm pronunciation of your name for the Law School Commencement ceremony, please follow the steps below:

Login into to SIS at https://www.yale.edu/sis

Click on the Personal Data tab. Select NameCoach. Follow the prompts to record your name. Please speak slowly and be sure to pronounce your middle name as well if you wish to have it read at the ceremony.  

For each Yale Law School Commencement, a small group of graduating students are selected to act as marshals and a flag bearer during the Commencement procession and Old Campus ceremony. The students selected exemplify the qualities of kindness, service, and the ability to work with others. To nominate a graduating student for marshal or flag bearer, email Associate Dean Mike Thompson in February with the person’s name and the reason for nomination. 

Commencement Ceremonies


All Yale Law School degree candidates are invited to participate in Commencement activities. 

The Class of 2022 will be celebrating on Monday, May 23.

There are two distinct ceremonies that comprise Commencement. The University Commencement takes place on Old Campus in the morning and the Law School ceremony is held in the Lanman Center at Payne Whitney Gymnasium beginning at 12:30 pm (doors open at 11 am). Registration is required for the Law School commencement ceremony. 

All attendees (graduates and guests) must:

  1. register to attend by Saturday, April 30
  2. be fully vaccinated and boosted
  3. carry and provide vaccination and booster documentation while on Yale campus
  4. carry and provide a government-issued photo ID while on Yale campus

There is no limit on the number of guests. The participants in both ceremonies wear caps and gowns.

University Commencement

Class of 2022: Monday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Old Campus
All university degrees are formally conferred during the Commencement ceremony on Old Campus. During the ceremony, the  deans formally present their approved candidates to President Salovey. The president, in turn, confers the degrees and admits new graduates to each degree’s “rights and responsibilities.” Student marshals accept symbolic diplomas from the president on behalf of their colleagues. The ceremony lasts approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

Diploma Ceremony

Class of 2022: Monday, May 23
12:30 pm, doors open at 11 am
Payne Whitney Gymnasium
The diploma ceremony for Yale Law School takes place immediately after the University Commencement. The ceremony includes a few speeches including remarks by the dean and a faculty member selected by the class. This ceremony lasts approximately two and a half hours. Masks are required at this indoor event.

 

The University Ceremony (Rain or Shine)

  1. All graduating law students and faculty should gather in the SLB main hall with the front of the line at the Grove Street door. We will line up in pairs in the following order: Dean Gerken; the faculty; the student marshals and finally, the degree candidates in the following order: J.S.D. candidates; LL.M. candidates; M.S.L. candidates; Ph.D. candidates, and J.D. candidates. Within any category you may pair up with anyone else; students who want to sit together should march behind/in front of each other.  The Mattatuck Drum Corp will line up outsie the same door. The MDC leads the procession up Grove toward York, Wall, and then onto Cross Campus. 
  2. After the undergraduates and the Corporation party have left Cross Campus, the graduate and professional schools procession (including the Law School group) will follow them through the Noah Porter Gate, across and up Elm Street and then down High Street, entering Old Campus through the High Street Gate.
  3. Once we arrive at Old Campus, all degree candidates should take seats as directed. Please fill up every row completely and sit down immediately upon finding a seat. There is no particular order of seating during the University ceremony. Don't worry about keeping the same partner for the exiting march B you can pair up with anyone when we leave Old Campus. 
  4. Procedure: During the symbolic awarding of degrees, when Dean Gerken begins to address the President, the student marshals proceed (without batons) to walk to the ramp leading to the stage (to the right side as you look at it). When Dean Gerken says, "I have the honor to present candidates…for the degree of …, …in number," the degree candidates designated rise and put on their caps at the words "in number." When the President says, "I confer upon you the degrees…and admit you to all their rights and responsibilities," the student marshals go onto the stage to receive the symbolic diplomas. When our Dean tips her cap to the President and resumes her seat, the degree candidates sit down without waiting for the student marshals to return to their seats.
  5. Dean Thompson will lead the Recessional march off of Old Campus through the High Street Gate. Once you leave Old Campus, please proceed directly to the Lanman Center at Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Once you enter the Payne Whitney Gymnasium through the main entrance, turn right toward the John J. Lee Amphitheater. There will be signs and law school volunteers directing you to the appropriate location. Ushers will direct you into the Amphitheater to line up alphabetically by the degree you will be receiving (e.g. J.D.s should line up with J.D.s, LL.M.s with LL.M.s, and so forth), so that you can be checked off on the attendance list. Please instruct your parents and friends to go directly into the Lanman Center at Payne Whitney Gymnasium to find seats for themselves immediately following the University ceremony.

The Law School Ceremony

  1. Following the University Commencement exercises on Old Campus, law students will process from the ceremony held on Old Campus and march directly to the Lanman Center at Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Masks are required at this indoor event. Once you enter the Payne Whitney Gymnasium through the main entrance, turn right toward the John J. Lee Amphitheater. There will be signs and law school volunteers directing you to the appropriate location. Ushers will direct you into the Amphitheater to line up alphabetically by the degree you will be receiving (e.g. J.D.s should line up with J.D.s, LL.M.s with LL.M.s, and so forth), so that you can be checked off on the attendance list. The order of entrance into the Lanman Center will be as follows: J.S.D, LL.M., M.S.L., Ph.D., and J.D. candidates. 
  2. The Law School ceremony will include the reading of each degree candidate's name. Ushers will direct you by row to move to the stage. You will cross the stage when your name is called. This is, of course, a photo opportunity for family and friends. You may want to place the tassel of your caps on your right side, since the photographer* will be facing your left side as you proceed across the stage. (*GradImages will take individual photos of all who participate in the Commencement Ceremony. It will be possible to order photographs from their website.)
  3. After the ceremony, weather permitting, we will host a reception in the Goldman Courtyard of the Law School. This is an opportunity to mingle with faculty, members of the administration, family and guests, and to take lots of photographs! 

YLS graduates with children can walk across the stage at the Law School’s Diploma Ceremony with children if you wish. Please contact OSA to make arrangements.

All university parking lots are open on Commencement day, but parking will be at a premium, and meters will be monitored. Traveling and parking within the city of New Haven is always challenging on Commencement Day. Please plan ahead and allow plenty of time to travel to and around campus that day.

Additional information can be found here:
http://commencement.yale.edu/transportation

GradImages will take individual photos of all who participate in the Commencement Ceremony. It will be possible to order photographs from the their website
 
If have any questions or concerns regarding your photos, please contact our Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at www.gradimages.com, or email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net

It can be mild and sunny or cold and rainy in Connecticut in May. Recent Commencement weekends have had both weather extremes, so flexibility and practicality are good planning principles. Dress with an eye to the weather and comfort. The University ceremony is held outdoors; the Law School ceremony is held indoors. Low heels or flats are appropriate for navigating the grass and mulched pathways of Old Campus. Rain gear, including water-impervious footwear, is important; and rain ponchos are preferred over umbrellas so sightlines are not blocked. Sunglasses and hats may also be useful. A jacket and tie or collared shirt and sports jacket is appropriate men’s attire for most events. On graduation day, it is recommended that students wear clothing with pockets, comfortable heels (if they choose to wear heels), and a shirt with a button to make it easier to tie their regalia.

All bags will be checked at gates and no bags larger than 12x12 will be allowed. 

Looking for graduation gifts? Vendors selling fresh flowers will be available on site. You can also purchase hats, t-shirts, umbrellas, and other Yale memorabilia from the Yale University Bookstore and Campus Customs.

Preparing to Leave YLS


Please click here for the most current information on the July bar exam administration.

Questions about when and where to take a bar exam can be referred to Dean Maldonado. You may also schedule a meeting with Dean Maldonado here.

Questions about the character & fitness process can be referred to Dean Cosgrove. You may also schedule a meeting with Dean Cosgrove here.

Questions about and requests regarding the various forms completed by the law school can be referred to the Registrar’s Office

Questions about financing the costs related to the exam or bar study can be referred to the Office of Financial Aid

 

Email
Your email account will remain open and active until June 1, 2023. 

All graduating students are eligible to register for a lifelong email account. These accounts are managed by the Association of Yale Alumni and provided by gmail.  You will receive a communication from Yale later this summer with information on creating your AYA account.

VPN
Access to VPN will end on October 1, 2022.

NetID
Your NetID will continue to provide access to Yale Law School and University systems available to alumni, including the COAP online application, websis, and password protected areas of the law school website.

Box Account
If you plan to keep your Box.net account after graduation, Yale Box accounts must be converted to personal accounts before October 1st after graduation. Read instructions for converting your Yale Box account to a personal account.

Further Information
For more information on how to setup an auto-reply or forwarding on your Yale email account please review our graduating students FAQ.

Contact Information
Need assistance have questions? Please feel free to contact Loriann Seluga or email the YLS helpdesk.

For students graduating during the Spring semester, coverage ends on July 31. Students graduating at a different time should contact the Yale Health Member Services Department [member.services@yale.edu, +1-203-432-0246] to determine coverage end dates.

The Office of Student Affairs surveyed all 50 states in April 2020 and their insurance coverage options. Please click here to view this information.

If your new health insurance coverage will not start until later in the spring, summer, or fall. The Office of Student Affairs has provided very basic information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as well as alternate short term coverage providers. 

The Yale Health Member Services Department is available to assist with questions about how to transition your health insurance to another provider. They can be reached at member.services@yale.edu or +1-203-432-0246. Please contact Yale Health or the coverage providers directly to explore your options.

For more information about Yale Health coverage please see the Yale Health web site.

Questions you should consider when purchasing a health insurance plan:

Everyone’s situation is different, and some plans may work well for one person and not as well for another person.  It’s important to weigh your options and think about the answers to some of the following questions as you consider which type of plan to purchase.

1. What are my health care needs?  See examples below to get a sense of how a person might answer this question. The answers to questions 2 – 7 will also inform the answer to this question.

  • I am young/healthy, do not use a lot of medical services. I rarely visit a medical provider or require a prescription medication (1 – 3 visits per year, 1 – 2 prescriptions per year as needed, for example: generic birth control pills or antibiotics).
  • I have a chronic condition and tend to use medical services more often. I require multiple visits with a medical provider for routine monitoring (4 – 5 visits per year, 1 – 2 maintenance prescriptions + other prescriptions like generic birth control pills or antibiotics as needed. May or may not include supplies, blood work, lab tests, etc.)
  • I have several overlapping health concerns or conditions. I visit medical providers frequently and have maintenance prescriptions + other prescriptions like generic birth control pills or antibiotics as needed (6+ visits per year across multiple providers, 3+ ongoing prescriptions that support your medical care treatment plan)

2. Do I see a primary care provider regularly (ie. at least once/year)?

3. Do I only go to the doctor when I’m sick (ie. not very often, less than once/year)

4. Do I see a specialist?  If so, how many?  How often?

5. Am I willing to pay a higher monthly premium for comprehensive coverage with minimal copays and deductibles and less out of pocket expenses (see below for definitions)?

  • Premium: A monthly fee you pay to your insurance company to have coverage, even if you don’t use medical services that month.
  • Copay: is a fixed amount you pay for covered medical services like appointments, tests, and prescriptions.
  • Coinsurance: is a fixed percentage amount you pay for covered medical services like appointments, tests, and prescriptions, after reaching your deductible.
  • Deductible: How much you have to spend for covered health services before your insurance plan pays anything (except free preventive services) towards the cost of your health care services.
  • Out-of-pocket maximum: The most you have to spend for covered medical services in a year. After you reach this amount, the insurance plan pays 100% for covered services (non-covered services do NOT count towards the out-of-pocket  maximum).

6. Would I prefer to pay a lower monthly premium for less comprehensive coverage with higher copays and deductibles and greater out of pocket expenses (see below for definitions)?

  • Premium: A monthly fee you pay to your insurance company to have coverage, even if you don’t use medical services that month.
  • Copay: is a fixed amount you pay for covered medical services like appointments, tests, and prescriptions.
  • Coinsurance: is a fixed percentage amount you pay for covered medical services like appointments, tests, and prescriptions, after reaching your deductible.
  • Deductible: How much you have to spend for covered health services before your insurance plan pays anything (except free preventive services) towards the cost of your health care services.
  • Out-of-pocket maximum: The most you have to spend for covered medical services in a year. After you reach this amount, the insurance plan pays 100% for covered services (non-covered services do NOT count towards the out-of-pocket maximum).

7. What kind of prescription coverage do I need?

  • Do I take any prescription medications? 
  • If so, how often and what kind?
  • Most maintenance medications can be purchased in a 90/100-day supply
  • Narcotics are dispensed for no more than a 30-day supply at one time

8. What type of health insurance plans are available where I will be living?  Different plan types have different rules and restrictions, some plan types allow you to use almost any doctor or health care facility. Others limit your choices or charge you more if you use providers outside their network. See definitions below of common plan types that might be available to you:

  • Health Maintenance Organization (HMO): A type of health insurance plan that usually limits coverage to care from doctors who work for or contract with the HMO. It generally won't cover out-of-network care except in an emergency. An HMO may require you to live or work in its service area to be eligible for coverage. HMO plans may require you to have a Primary Care Provider (PCP) and get a referral from your PCP in order to see a specialist. HMOs often provide integrated care and focus on prevention and wellness.
  • Point of Service (POS): A type of plan where you pay less for a service (lesser copay, lesser co-insurance percentage) if you use doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers that belong to the plan’s network. POS plans require you to get a referral from your primary care doctor in order to see a specialist. POS plans allow you to use doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers that DO NOT belong to the plan’s network, but you pay more for a service (higher copay, higher co-insurance percentage) if you use an out-of-network provider.
  • Preferred Provider Organization (PPO): A type of health plan where you pay less if you use providers in the plan’s network. You can use doctors, hospitals, and providers outside of the network without a referral for an additional cost.

9. Am I willing to follow the rules and restrictions of a certain type of plan if it has a lower premium?

10. Do I want the flexibility of a plan that allows me to self-refer to any medical provider based on my situation/symptoms/needs even if it means paying a higher premium?

In Summary:

Generally speaking, insurance plans with higher premiums pay more of your total health care costs. Plans with lower premiums pay less of your total costs.

If you don’t expect to use regular medical services and don’t take regular prescriptions: You may want a plan with a lower premium. Keep in mind, plans with low monthly premiums usually require that you pay more out of your own pocket when you need care.

If you expect to have a lot of doctor visits or need regular prescriptions: You may want a plan with a higher premium. Having a plan with a higher monthly premium usually means that you pay less out of your own pocket when you need care.

No single plan is right for every person, only you can decide which plan meets your needs and fits within your budget. Researching the coverage and costs of options available to you using the questions above will help guide you to make the right decision for you.

 

Alternative Health Care Options

Access Health CT – Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace established to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, and created to help people choose and enroll in the health insurance plan that is right for their needs.

Individuals and families can review, compare, and enroll in quality healthcare plans from brand-name insurance companies like Anthem and Connecticare through Access Health CT. Additionally, it’s the only place where you could qualify for financial help to lower your costs.

Phone:  1-855-805-4325

www.accesshealthct.com

Agile Health Insurance – offers short-term medical coverage (typically less than 1 year)

Phone: 1-877-353-0962

www.agilehealthinsurance.com

*Connecticut places strict regulations on short-term health plans, and none are for sale in the state as of 2020.

 

Healthcare Marketplace – visit the Marketplace web site to review the enrollment guidelines and determine which plans are available where you will be living. If you will be living in Connecticut, see Access Health CT (at the top).

Phone: 1-800-318-2596
www.healthcare.gov

 

United Healthcare – offers short-term medical coverage (typically less than 1 year)

Phone: 1-800-273-8115

www.uhone.com

*Connecticut places strict regulations on short-term health plans, and none are for sale in the state as of 2020.

 

Please Note:

This list is purely informational. Yale Health provides it as a courtesy and does not endorse the organizations or the coverage provided.

Questions? Please contact Yale Health Member Services at +1-203-432-0246.

Buildings will be closed over the summer months.  Any questions should be referred to law.buildingservices@yale.edu.

Bikes: need to be moved from the main courtyard by noon on May 9 to the upper courtyard located by entries J, K and L

Lockers: Graduating students must empty their lockers by noon on May 30; all remaining locks will be cut and the contents discarded.  

Keys: (student organizations and faculty offices) must be returned by May 25 in one of the envelopes located in a pouch underneath mailbox 13 in the mailroom and insert in the slot or can be returned to the Building Services office room 130 Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Any key not returned will result in a $25 fee added to your bursar account.

Library:

  • Returning students are encouraged to hold onto material until they return in August.
  • Students may return books to the carts outside of the Law Library entrance through May 21st.
  • Note: Students can return Law Library or Yale University Library material at any time to one of the University Library drop boxes located outside the entrances to the Sterling Memorial and Bass Libraries.
  • If you will not be returning to campus but need to return law library materials, please reach out to lawlib.admin@yale.edu.

All Baker Hall Suite Keys must be returned by May 30. On the basement level next to the laundry room, you will find envelopes and a key drop box. Fill out the information label and deposit into the slot. Any key not returned will result in a $25 fee added to your housing account.

3L Employment Survey:

As an ABA accredited law school, YLS is required to report numerous details about the postgraduate plans of every graduate. As part of your graduation requirements, you must complete a 3L Employment Survey in CDO’s Career Management System (CMS). A link to the survey is under “SHORT CUTS” on the bottom right-hand side of the CMS home page. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact CDO’s Director of Recruitment and Administration, Naomi Erwich.