Follow #Yale2015 for a ‘social’ Commencement

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Activities marking Commencement 2015 will take place Saturday-Monday, May 16–18. Whether you are on campus or half a world away there are many ways to share the excitement of Yale’s 314th graduation online. You can:

• Watch the Baccalaureate, Class Day, and Commencement ceremonies on the Yale YouTube channel.

• Follow Yale on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for images and stories about the weekend’s activities.

• Use the hashtag #Yale2015 on Twitter and on Instagram to share your photos and impressions.

• Follow @Yale for live tweets from Class Day and Commencement.

• Email photos you’d like to share on the Yale Facebook page to

• Download images of Commencement 2015 taken by Yale photographers during and after the weekend on our Flickr page.

Commencement weekend

President Peter Salovey and Jonathan Holloway, who is marking his first Commencement as dean of Yale College, will present Baccalaureate Addresses three times on Saturday and Sunday in Woolsey Hall. 

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks to the graduating Yale College seniors during Class Day on Old Campus. (Note: This is a ticketed event.) Senior Class Day’s many rituals include the wearing of funny hats, a class history video, reciting the Ivy Ode, and singing Yale’s alma mater, “Bright College Years,” while waving a white handkerchief. The winners of undergraduate academic prizes will also be announced. Those students carry special banners in the Commencement Day procession.

Students from Yale College and the graduate and professional schools will process onto Old Campus at 10 a.m. on Monday for the university-wide Commencement ceremony. The event will include the awarding of degrees to student representatives and the presentation of honorary degrees to individuals who have achieved distinction in their respective fields. The ceremony will be streamed live on the Yale YouTube channel.

For further information about graduation activities and information, visit the Yale Commencement site.

Also, visit YaleNews’ Commencement page for stories, videos, and photos of the event.

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