Commencement 2021

YSN celebrated its 95th Commencement on Friday, May 21, 2021. Click here to link to the Yale University Commencement website.

  • The recording to the YSN DNP Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
  • The recording to the YSN Commencement Ceremony 

What to Expect the Day of the Ceremony

Commencement Speaker

The Honorable Lauren Underwood, MS, MPH, RN, FAAN, U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District, will be the 2021 YSN Commencement Speaker.

2021 Commencement Communications

Celebrating the Class of 2020

We regret that we are not able to welcome the 2020 graduates back to campus at this time, but we look forward to doing so at a future date. We will share more information in the near future. To view the 2020 virtual celebration, please click here.

Yale Celebrations

Please visit the university’s commencement website for up-to-date information on university-wide celebrations.


Your diploma will be mailed to you on or after June 4th by the University Registrar’s Office. Go to the Commencement tab in Yale Huband select the Diploma Information tile – there, you will be able to make updates to your diploma email (personal email) and diploma mailing address and diploma name. Please note that everyone should confirm their diploma email, name and address. This year, the diploma package will also include a diploma, diploma translation, and certificate of graduation. Requests for name change must be submitted before May 1, 2021.

All students should enter a diploma address that will be valid for at least 8 weeks after June 4th. Failure to enter a diploma address by June 2nd will result in your diploma not being mailed in the initial round of graduation mailers and will need to be requested thru the following website and associated form:


The Student Administrative Services (SAS) office has posted a distribution schedule for students’ caps and gowns on its website: (Scroll down past the ordering information to find the schedule grid at the bottom of the web page.) SAS will send an email notification, with a link to the schedule, to all students who pre-ordered regalia. As you will see, the location is Payne Whitney Gymnasium in the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Pickup for graduates of the School of Nursing and Yale College will begin on Tuesday, May 18.

If DNP students would like to purchase custom Yale academic regalia, you can do so on the Oak Hall website (