Congratulations, Class of 2023!

The Yale School of Music's commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, May 22, 2023, at 12 p.m., in Morse Recital Hall, following the Yale University ceremony.

During our ceremony, we will acknowledge the conferral of degrees and announce the recipients of student commencement prizes. 

Please join us on May 22 as we celebrate the YSM Class of 2023!


Key deadlines for graduates

Mon, Apr. 3 | 4 p.m. | Cap and gown order deadline
Caps and gowns are required at University and YSM commencement ceremonies. Place your order here

Mon, Apr. 10 | 11:59 p.m. | Diploma name-check deadline
Check your name in SIS. Click Commencement Menu, then click Diploma Name. Submit any changes here

Mon, Apr. 10 | 11:59 p.m. | Name-pronunciation deadline
Visit SIS to confirm the pronunciation of your name. Click Personal Data, then click Name Coach.

Fri, May 5 | 11:59 p.m. | Commencement RSVP deadline
Click here to confirm attendance for yourself and your guests.

Contact YSM Student Services with questions regarding commencement activities or deadlines for graduates.

Morse Recital Hall
May 21, 4:00PM

YSM Commencement Concert

YSM Special Events

COVID-19 precautions for Commencement activities

For your own personal safety, for the safety of those around you, and to protect the home communities of all attendees, please observe the following fundamental COVID-19 precautions. If you have any questions, please email

General Guidance

All attendees are asked to take a rapid test on the morning of May 22, either before coming to campus or upon arrival. Attendees who are traveling to New Haven should test before they travel. Free rapid tests will be provided to YSM students, faculty, staff, and guests; rapid tests can be picked up at the security office of the Adams Center for Musical Arts.

Masks are both optional and respected.

Individuals who are experiencing any symptoms should not attend Yale events.

Commencement Events

Monday, May 22



  • Indoor and outdoor dining options will be provided.


University Commencement ceremony

  • All bags will be checked at the gates and no bags larger than 12”x12” will be allowed.
  • Tickets are required to access Old Campus for the University Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating School of Music student will receive two tickets for their guests; graduating degree candidates do not need tickets to attend Commencement. Tickets may be shared among students but not sold. Seats are not assigned, and with 19,000 people expected on Old Campus, guests are advised to arrive early.
  • Viewing locations with a livestream of the ceremony will be open on campus for guests without tickets. Locations will be announced later in the spring.


School of Music Commencement ceremony

  • Masks are both optional and respected.
  • Degree recipients may choose to remove their masks to have their photo taken as they cross the stage.
  • Members of the platform party and speakers may unmask if they so choose.



  • Indoor and outdoor dining options will be provided.