Commencement Information

Schedule for Jackson MA/MAS Graduates
Monday, May 23, 2022

8:45am: Graduates Assemble (McDougal Center, Caulkins Courtyard, 135 Prospect Street)
Faculty and degree candidates should wear academic attire (cap, hood and gown), either rented or purchased. Guests should proceed directly to Old Campus to find seating. Old Campus opens at 8:00am for guests.

9:15am: Procession to Cross Campus
Dean Cooley leads the faculty and student procession to Cross Campus at about 9:15; guests should proceed immediately to Old Campus for seating.

9:45am: Cross Campus Assembly
Degree candidates assemble under signs indicating their degree. Due to space limitations, guests are not encouraged to stand on Cross Campus, but should proceed immediately to Old Campus for seating and Ceremony viewing.

10:30am: University Commencement exercises, Old Campus, corner of High St. and Elm St.
All University ceremony with symbolic awarding of degrees by school and presentations of honorary degree recipients. No tickets required for guests but seating is limited so early arrival is suggested. 

Old Campus will open at 8:00am Monday for guests. Note that bags larger than 12×12 will not be allowed, and all bags will be inspected at Old Campus. Security may ask a guest with a large bag to return it to their car or room. On Monday, when many of our guests have large bags with them after checking out of their rooms, guests will be able to check their bags at no cost in a truck outside of Phelps Gate prior to entering Old Campus. Unfortunately, large bags cannot be stored for other indoor ceremonies.

12:00pm: Old Campus ceremony concludes. Jackson graduates should return to Horchow Hall

12:30pm: Jackson Diploma Ceremony begins

1:30pm: Lunch for graduates and their guests (Horchow Hall)


The Jackson Institute has hired a professional photographer for coverage of Jackson’s Diploma Ceremony.

A selection of the images, including a diploma shot for every graduate, will be provided to Jackson students free of charge.

Vaccination/Public Health Policies

All students and guests at Yale for Commencement activities are required to be vaccinated and to be able to provide proof of their vaccination status if asked.

Other Event Details

Watch a recording of Jackson’s Diploma Ceremony

The University will also live-stream the ceremony on Old Campus. Details at


Tickets are not issued for the Jackson Institute Diploma Ceremony.


If you haven’t booked your accommodations for Commencement weekend it is recommended to do so as soon as possible. More than 15,000 guests attend Yale Commencement every year, and hotel reservations are usually difficult to secure unless you book early. For a listing of local hotels and accommodations, please see the Yale University Commencement website.

Transportation and Parking

Visit this page on the University’s Commencement website for details on getting to and around campus, where to park, and more.

Caps and Gowns

All participants in the academic processions to and from the university ceremony are required to wear regalia. Regalia may be ordered from March 1 to April 1, 2022. Details

Custom Yale Gowns, Caps and Hoods

If you plan to purchase “Yale blue” custom regalia, and velvet tams, please contact Yale-licensed provider Oak Hall well in advance.

For more cap and gown information, please visit:

Have Questions?

If you have questions on the Jackson Institute Diploma Ceremony, please contact

For general information about Yale Commencement, go to