Yale University Commencement 2012

Yale celebrated its 311th graduation on May 21 following a weekend that will include speeches, prize presentations, senior class antics and the awarding of honorary degrees, among other activities.

Here you will find links to the Yale Broadcast & Media Center’s coverage of the Baccalaureate Address, Senior Class Day ceremony and University Commencement — as well as to videos, stories, and photos about the event.

Stories and information


Photos: Scenes from Class Day 2012

ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters and Yale College Dean Mary Miller march onto Old Campus flanked by seniors Benjamin Schenkel and Kevin Adkisson.
The campus was packed with the nearly 1,250 soon-to-be-graduates, their families and friends, and Yale faculty and administrators.
Wearing wacky headgear is a long-held Class Day tradition.
Even faculty and administrators — in this case, Susan Cahan, associate dean for the arts — take part in the fun tradition
Walters saluted the seniors, saying: “My hat’s off to you!”
Another traditional sight at Class Day: Smiles.
It’s a tradition that President Richard C. Levin (foreground) also enjoyed.
Among this year’s prize winners was former Yale football star Brett Smith, who was nearly killed in a 2003 automobile accident. Here, Athletics Director Tom Beckett presents Smith with the Amanda Walton Award and an all-varsity sweater.
At one point in the ceremony, Dean Mary Miller asked students to rehearse the roar they should give when awarded their degrees at the Commencement ceremony the next day.
Courtney Fukuda and Joseph Mensah announced that the Class of 2012 had achieved a record-breaking 97% participation rate in donations for the Senior Class Gift.
The ceremony ended, as is traditional, with the waving of white handkerchiefs …
… And the singing of the alma mater “Bright College Years.”
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