Yale University holds commencement ceremony

New Haven

Monday is graduation day at Yale! While that is something to celebrate for graduates and their families, it means lots of traffic issues for all the rest of us.

You can bet on lots of traffic, lots of street closures, and lots of people all crowded into a few blocks of New Haven.

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According to officials:

  • High Street at Chapel Street closed at 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
  • College Street will be closed between Grove and Chapel for the entirety of the Commencement Ceremony at 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Elm Street closed at York Street from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., reopened, then closed again from 11:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


  • Intermittent closure on Cedar from Congress to York. Cedar Street between Congress/York will be closed from 8:15 a.m. – 9:20 a.m., closed from noon -12:30 p.m. 
  • Motor Unit will provide student escort at 8 a.m. on Cedar Street. 
  • No traffic around Amistad park during diploma ceremony, noon – 1:45 p.m.
  • For the families coming to the ceremony, there are shuttles to get them to the ceremony from various parts of town.

Yale’s website has all that information.

Everybody started assembling a little after 9 a.m., so if you work somewhere near Yale, this might be a good day to get to the office and not drive around the city. 

It may be a good idea to bring your lunch as well. Commencement officially started at 10:30 a.m., and let out at lunch time, at which means several thousand people are going to be looking for a place to eat.

Related: New Haven roads to be closed for Yale graduation

If you don’t work around here, this would be a good day to stay away from campus, especially in the late morning hours.



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