Yale University to Hold 304th Commencement May 22, 23

Yale University’s 2005 Commencement will be held on May 22 and May 23 on the Yale campus.

All members of the media must obtain and display Yale media credentials during Class Day (Sunday) and Commencement (Monday) ceremonies on Old Campus for access to the news media platform. Please e–mail requests for credentials to dorie.baker@yale.edu or fax requests on your organization’s letterhead to Yale Office of Public Affairs, 203–432–1323. Reserved credentials may be picked up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday, May 16–20, at the Office of Public Affairs, 265 Church Street, suite 901, corner of Church and Grove streets.

SUNDAY, MAY 22 Yale College Baccalaureate, 11 a.m. Members of the media are invited to attend the Yale College Baccalaureate Service for Yale College seniors and their families in Woolsey Hall, northwest corner of Grove and College streets. Space for camera crews must be reserved by Friday, May 20, 5 p.m., by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 203–432–1333. Media may cover the ceremony from the balcony in Woolsey Hall. Camera crews must be in place before the ceremony begins and are requested to remain in place until the end of the event, which lasts about an hour and a half.

Yale College Class Day, 2 p.m. Members of the media are invited to attend Class Day on Old Campus, bordered by Elm, College, Chapel and High streets. The speaker will be U. S. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Class Day traditions include planting the Class Ivy, reciting the Ivy Ode, awarding teaching prizes to faculty members and academic prizes to students, and singing Yale’s alma mater, “Bright College Years,” while waving a white handkerchief.

Media may cover Class Day events from the news media platform to the left of the stage, on the High Street side of Old Campus. There will be a mult–box for radio/television crews. A BNC video feed from Yale’s dedicated camera in front of the stage will provide a head–on camera angle.

MONDAY, MAY 23 University Commencement, 10:30 a.m. Commencement exercises on Old Campus will begin when all graduates have reached their seats. Media should use the High Street gate closest to Elm Street to enter Old Campus and access the media platform. This is the same gate used to accommodate guests with disabilities or special needs. The gate will be staffed by OPA to assist media members.

All media photographers, reporters and television camera crews must cover Commencement from the news media platform, where video and audio feeds will be available. Access to the platform requires a Yale media credential.

Information about the number of degrees being granted, the names of those receiving honorary degrees and other awards will be provided on the news media platform. Yale announces honorary degree recipients at the Commencement ceremony. The graduate and professional schools hold a diploma ceremony following the main Commencement exercises. See below.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: Commencement Convocation, Sunday, 1 p.m., HGS courtyard, 320 York Street. Student prizes, faculty mentor awards and Wilbur Cross Medals are awarded. Address by Nobel Laureate Sidney Altman, the Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Diploma ceremony, Monday, 12:15 p.m., Woolsey Hall, corner of Grove and College streets. Students receiving master’s degrees from the Yale Center for International & Area Studies (YCIAS) and the Economic Growth Center receive their diplomas in a ceremony held at Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue. Included are master’s candidates in African Studies, East Asian Studies, International & Development Economics, International Relations and Russian & European Studies.

School of Architecture: Diploma ceremony, Monday, noon, 4th floor of the A & A Building, 180 York Street (corner of Chapel Street).

School of Art: Diploma ceremony, Monday, noon, Holcombe T. Green Jr. Hall, 1156 Chapel Street.

Divinity School: Commencement worship service and student prize ceremony, Sunday, 4 p.m., Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, 409 Prospect Street.

Commencement communion service, Monday, 8 a.m., Marquand Chapel. Diploma ceremony, Monday, immediately following the Old Campus ceremony, Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, 409 Prospect Street.

School of Drama: Diploma ceremony, Monday, noon, University Theater, 222 York Street.

Engineering: Diploma ceremony, Monday, 2:30 p.m., Becton Center, Davies Auditorium, 15 Prospect Street.

Epidemiology and Public Health: Diploma ceremony, Monday, 2:30 p.m., Battell Chapel, corner of Elm and College Streets.

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies: Diploma ceremony, Monday, 12:40 p.m., outside Marsh Hall, 360 Prospect Street. Ceremonies include faculty awards and class speaker.

Law School: Diploma ceremony, Monday, immediately following the Old Campus ceremony, Law School Courtyard (rain location: Payne Whitney Gymnasium Lanman Center).

School of Management: Diploma ceremony, Monday, noon, Caulkins Courtyard (rain location: Ingalls Rink, 73 Sachem Street).

School of Medicine: Diploma ceremony, Monday, 12:30 p.m., courtyard of Edward S. Harkness Hall, 367 Cedar Street (severe weather location: Mary S. Harkness Auditorium, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street).

School of Music: Diploma ceremony, Monday, 12:30 p.m., Sprague Hall, 470 College Street.

School of Nursing: Diploma ceremony, Monday, 12:30 p.m., Shubert Theatre, 247 College Street.

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Media Contact

Dorie Baker: dorie.baker@yale.edu, 203-432-1345