MEDIA ADVISORY: Yale University’s 312th Commencement events to be held May 19 and 20

Yale University’s 312th Commencement will take place on May 20. The Honorable Cory A. Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Yale College Class Day exercises on May 19.

This will be President Richard C. Levin’s 20th, and final, commencement as president as he prepares to leave office on June 30.

All members of the media must display Yale press credentials during Commencement and Class Day. Credentials are required for access to the media platform on Old Campus. Requests should be emailed to [email protected]. Reserved credentials must be picked up 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, May 14-17 at the Office of Public Affairs and Communications (OPAC), 2 Whitney Grove Square, Suite 330, corner of Whitney and Grove streets, 203-432-1345.

Class Day, featuring Booker’s talk, begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. The commencement procession begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 20.

Watch Class Day and Commencement live on the Yale YouTube channel.

Follow Yale on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for images and stories about the weekend’s activities, including a Baccalaureate Address by Levin, a reception for parents and graduates, and much more. Use the hashtag #Yale2013 on Twitter, and on Instagram to share your photos and impressions. A Wayin Hub has been created to track #Yale2013 activity on Twitter so you can follow along during and after the events. Follow @Yale for live-tweets from Class Day and Commencement. Email photos you’d like to share on the Yale Facebook page to [email protected].

Download images of Commencement 2013 taken by Yale photographers during and after the weekend on our Flickr page.

Visit the Yale Commencement page for full schedules and additional information.

Stay connected to Commencement information on your smartphones and tablets by linking to a mobile commencement website provided by Judson Mobile.

Sunday, May 19 Yale College Baccalaureate, 11 a.m.

Members of the media are welcome to attend the Baccalaureate service for Yale College seniors and their families at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. The ceremony, which features addresses by President Richard C. Levin and Yale College Dean Mary Miller, will take place in Woolsey Hall, northwest corner of Grove and College streets. Space for camera crews is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be reserved by Friday, May 17 at 5 p.m. by contacting the Yale Office of Public Affairs and Communications via email: [email protected]. Media may cover the ceremony from the rear of the balcony in Woolsey Hall. Camera crews must be positioned before the service begins and are asked to remain in place until the end of the event, which lasts about 90 minutes.

Yale College Class Day, 2 p.m.

Members of the media are invited to register for press credentials to attend Class Day on Old Campus, bordered by Chapel, College, Elm, and High streets. This year the speaker will be Cory A. Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey (see accompanying bio).

Class Day traditions include awarding academic prizes to students, a class history video, planting the Class Ivy, reciting the Ivy Ode, and singing Yale’s alma mater, “Bright College Years,” while waving a white handkerchief.

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. OPAC staff will be at the gate and on the platform to assist media members.

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 20 University Commencement, 10 a.m.

Media should use the High Street gate closest to Elm Street to access the media platform on Old Campus.

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.


The Honorable Cory A. Booker is the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, the largest city in the State of New Jersey. Booker is presently serving in his second term.

Booker’s vision for the city is to have Newark set a national standard for urban transformation by marshaling its resources to achieve security, economic abundance, and an environment that is nurturing and empowering for individuals and families.

Booker and his administration, together with the city’s residents, have made strides towards achieving the city’s mission by tackling significant challenges with innovation, new coalitions, and creative public private partnerships.

Booker and his team have more than doubled the rate of affordable housing production; created the city’s largest expansion of parks and recreation spaces in over a century with nearly 50 acres of new or refurbished parks; and brought more than $1 billion of new economic development into the city (including the first new hotels under construction in the city’s downtown in 40 years and the first new office tower under construction in 20 years). Business attraction has also been a focus for Booker and his team. They have attracted new large businesses (including Panasonic, Manishewitz, and to relocate their national and international headquarters to Newark, and, through the city’s economic development corporation, created a small and midsize business loan fund that has helped over 50 businesses start or expand. Booker has also attracted national attention for his education reform efforts — significantly expanding high-quality public education options for families, and leading the creation of new strong educational and career development opportunities for Newark’s disaffected youth.

As part of his stated goal of recognizing the dignity, worth, and limitless potential of all people, Booker has led the creation of an innovative network of resources and programs for men and women coming home from incarceration, dramatically driving down recidivism rates for those involved. Booker and his team have led with other innovations for youth and families, including New Jersey’s first youth and community courts and the creation of a network of grassroots financial and family empowerment centers in 14 neighborhoods throughout the city.

Booker has also gained wide attention for his implementation and usage of new technologies, ranging from creating the state’s largest wireless network of crime-fighting technology (including cameras and gunshot detection) to raising the bar on customer service using social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

Booker’s leadership in these initiatives has been recognized by numerous magazines and other media outlets, including being named to the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Booker received his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University, a B.A. in modern history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and earned his law degree at Yale University.

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Media Contact

Karen N. Peart: [email protected], 203-432-1326