Scenes from Commencement 2012

There was a full house on Old Campus. (Photo by Michael Marsland)
A quick rainstorm brought out the ponchos. (Photo by Michael Marsland)
But some — such as Professor Paul Kennedy — didn't choose to take cover. (Photo by Michael Marsland)
There were flags ... (Photo by Michael Marsland)
and clown noses ... (Photo by Michael Marsland)
and smiles ... (Photo by Michael Marsland)
and snapping cameras. (Photo by Michael Marsland)
President Richard C. Levin conferred more than 3,000 degrees. (Photo by Michael Marsland)
Levin also awarded honorary degrees to nine distinguished individuals, including sociologist William J. WIlson and former CIA director and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates. (Photo by Michael Marsland)
Retired Massachusetts chief justice Margaret Marshall, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, signs an autograph for Aaron T. Beck, "the father of cognitive therapy," who was presented an honorary Doctor of Medical Sciences degree. (Photo by Michael Marsland)
The procession took students, faculty, and administrators past the Women's Table ... (Photo by Kimberly Pasko)
to the Old Campus. (Photo by Michael Marsland)
President Levin and University Vice President and Secretary Linda K. Lorimer survey the crowd.
Happy graduates celebrated with cheers.
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Yale's more than 3,000 newest graduates were celebrated in Yale's 311th Commencement ceremony on the Old Campus on May 21. President Richard C. Levin conferred their degrees and awarded honorary degrees to nine distinguished individuals.
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