Monday, April 16, 2018


2018 Commencement Scheduled on May 21

Yale Law School’s 2018 Commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 21.

The University commencement ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Old Campus. Students and faculty assemble at 9:40 a.m. on cross campus and proceed to the ceremony. During the ceremony, the deans of the various schools present their candidates to the president. The president, in turn, confers the degrees. Student marshals from each school accept symbolic diplomas from the president on behalf of their colleagues. Honorary degrees are also conferred at the University commencement. The ceremony lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Immediately after the University Commencement ceremony, at approximately 12 p.m., the Law School holds an individual ceremony at which each graduate is recognized by Dean Heather K. Gerken. The graduation ceremony, in the Lanman Center of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, lasts approximately two hours. Stephen L. Carter ’79, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, will be the faculty speaker. The ceremony will be live streamed.

Following the Law School ceremony, at approximately 2:30 p.m., graduating students and guests will adjourn to the Law School courtyard for a champagne reception.

The night before Commencement, on Sunday evening, May 20, Dean Gerken will host a reception for graduating students, their families, and guests from 5-7 p.m. in the Law School courtyard. No tickets are required, and there is no limit on the number of guests.

Find additional information on the Yale Law School Commencement website.

Visit the Yale 2018 Commencement website for further details.