Yale Graduation Weekend Is Here, Plan for Traffic

Noelle Gardner/ WTNH


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – It’s a big weekend at Yale. Commencement weekend is almost here and that means excited graduates, lost parents, and confused out-of-towners will descend on New Haven, slowing down traffic and adding to congestion.

The New Haven and Yale University Police Departments will have many added posts to assure the easiest possible traffic flow, but the message should be clear, driver beware. Baccalaureate Services, special events, concerts, and Commencement programs will take place at various campus locations throughout downtown, Friday through Monday.

Yale University Commencement Exercises for all students from Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and all of the university’s professional schools will be on Monday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m. on Old Campus.

Motorists should prepare for the following street closures:

Saturday, May 21, from noon until 5:00 p.m. – Periodic closures of College Street between Grove Street and Elm Street.

Sunday, May 22, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. – Periodic closures of College Street between Grove Street and Elm Street.

Sunday, May 22, from 8:00 a.m. – Full closure of High Street between Chapel Street and Elm Street.

Sunday, May 22, from noon until 5:00 p.m. – Periodic closures of Elm Street between York Street and College Street.

Sunday, May 22, from noon until 4:00 p.m. – Periodic closures of College Street between Elm Street and Chapel Street.

Monday, May 23, until evening – Continued full closure of High Street between Chapel Street and Elm Street.

Monday, May 23, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. – Full closure of College Street between Grove Street and Chapel Street.

Monday, May 23, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. – Full closure of Elm Street between York Street and College Street.

Monday, May 23, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. – Periodic closures of Cedar Street between York Street and Amistad Street.

Monday, May 23, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. – Periodic closures of Washington Avenue between Howard Avenue and Gold Street.

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