FAQs

General

 

Students

Eligibility

1. Will non-graduands who take up the option of attending the Monday, 13 May 2019 Ceremony be invited to participate in a future Yale-NUS Graduation Ceremony as graduands after they have fulfilled their graduation requirements?

Yes. Students will be invited to participate in the next Yale-NUS Graduation Ceremony as a graduand after they have fulfilled their graduation requirements, regardless of whether they have attended a previous Ceremony as a non-graduand.

2. I am a Double Degree Programme (DDP) student who started my course in 2015. Can I take part in the ceremony on Monday, 13 May 2019?

Students in the Double Degree Programme (with Bachelor of Laws) will graduate one year later than other Yale-NUS students in the same cohort. Hence, students from the 2015 DDP cohort are expected to graduate in 2020.

DDP students from the 2015 cohort who are on track to fulfil their graduation requirements by the end of the next academic year (i.e. Semester 2 AY2019/2020) will be invited to participate in the ceremony as non-graduands and be robed.

If they choose to attend the ceremony, they will receive Guest Cards, but they will not be presented onstage to receive a scroll from the Presiding Officer. Only graduands will be presented on stage to receive their degree scrolls from the Presiding Officer, and have their names included in the list of graduands in the Graduation programme booklet.

Non-graduands who take up the option of attending the Monday, 13 May 2019 ceremony will also be invited to participate in the next Yale-NUS Graduation Ceremony as a graduand after they have fulfilled their graduation requirements.

3. I am a Concurrent Degree Programme (CDP) student who started my course in 2015. Can I take part in the ceremony on Monday, 13 May 2019?

With effect from 1 November 2018, students in Concurrent Degree Programmes will be invited to participate in the ceremony after Year 4 as graduands to represent the culmination of the Yale-NUS aspect of the Concurrent Degree Programme.

You will be invited to the ceremony as a graduand, which means you will be invited on stage to receive your degree scrolls from the Presiding Officer, and have your name included in the list of graduands in the Graduation Ceremony programme booklet.

4. I have previously taken a Leave of Absence (LOA). Can I participate in the Graduation Ceremony on Monday, 13 May 2019?

If you are on track to fulfil your graduation requirements by the end of Semester 1 of AY 2019/2020 you will be invited to participate in the ceremony as a graduand. You will receive Guest Cards, and you will be invited on stage to receive a scroll from the Presiding Officer, and have your name included in the list of graduands in the Graduation Ceremony programme booklet.

If you are not on track to fulfil your graduation requirements by the end of Semester 1 of AY 2019/2020 but are on track to fulfil your graduation requirements by the end of Semester 2 of AY 2019/2020, you will be invited to participate in the ceremony as a nongraduand and be robed. If you choose to attend, you will receive Guest Cards, but you will not be invited on stage to receive a scroll from the Presiding Officer, and you will not have your names included in the list of graduands in the graduation programme booklet.

Non-graduands who take up the option of attending the Monday, 13 May 2019 ceremony will also be invited to participate in a future Yale-NUS Graduation Ceremony as a graduand, after they have fulfilled their graduation requirements or if they can fulfil their requirements in the following semester.

5. Am I eligible to be nominated or selected as the student speaker representing my graduating cohort?

The student speaker shall be selected from among students who are eligible to attend the Graduation Ceremony as either graduands or non-graduands.

Invitations and Seating

1. When will my family and I receive our invitations to the Graduation Ceremony?

In March, students will receive an e-invitation to indicate their attendance and the number of Guest Cards they need for the Graduation Ceremony.

2. How many guests can I bring to the Graduation Ceremony?

Each student who is participating in the Graduation Ceremony can request for their required number of Guest Cards for their friends and family in March.

3. If I lose my Guest Cards before the ceremony, can I get replacement cards?

Please write to graduation@yale-nus.edu.sg to request replacement cards, should this happen.

4. Will seats be allocated?

Students who are participating in the Graduation Ceremony will have assigned seats. Guests will have an assigned seating area and they can sit freely within the area.

5. Are the venues wheelchair-friendly?

Yes. If you or your guests have accessibility needs, please indicate this when you RSVP.

6. I previously registered to attend the Graduation Ceremony, but I am unable to make it at the last minute. What should I do?

If you are unable to make it to the ceremony at the last minute, please inform us by writing to graduation@yale-nus.edu.sg. If you are unable to do so, please ask one of your classmates to inform us on your behalf.

Photography

1. Will the College arrange for photographers to take photographs of the event, especially those when I receive the scroll?

Official photographers will take photographs of graduands when they receive the scroll on stage. Graduands may place their photograph orders at the photographers’ booth at the Foyer of the University Cultural Centre after the Ceremony.

2. I want to take graduation pictures with my family members on the College campus. Are there any restrictions?

All public spaces in and around the College campus may be used for photo-taking.

Academic Dress

1. What will I be wearing at the Yale-NUS ceremony?

Students will be robed in the official Yale-NUS academic dress, designed by student representatives from the Class of 2017’s Graduation Committee and endorsed by the Yale-NUS Governing Board.

The dress code for guests is Shirt and Tie.

2. I am a Double Degree Programme (DDP) / Concurrent Degree Programme (CDP) student. May I be allowed to wear the Faculty of Law / Masters programme academic dress at the Yale-NUS ceremony?

DDP and CDP students will wear the Yale-NUS academic dress for the Yale-NUS College Graduation Ceremony.

DDP and CDP students will wear the NUS Law or NUS Masters academic dress respectively during the ceremonies hosted by the NUS Faculty of Law or the NUS Masters programme.

3. How much will the Yale-NUS academic dress cost?

The Yale-NUS academic dress, which includes a hood, a customised sash and a mortarboard, will be available for either rental or purchase. The prices are as follows:

Rental:                         $45, plus a refundable deposit of $150
Purchase:                    $160

*All prices are subject to 7% GST (except for the S$150 rental deposit).

Students wishing to buy and keep the sash individually can purchase it directly from Serangoon Broadway at $85 per sash.

4. Am I allowed to customise my academic dress?

All graduands must process onstage in the official Yale-NUS College academic dress without additional adornments. Students may, however, customise their gowns for personal photo-taking that takes place off-stage. Do bear in mind that for students who choose to rent the gown, they must return the gown in good condition for the deposit to be returned.

According to Serangoon Broadway, an academic dress set (or any of its components) is considered in”good condition” if it satisfies the following:

  • No cuttings/alterations of any kinds
  • No burns, tears, rips and run in fabric or holes on velvet or satin
  • No scotch-tape marks, discolourations or irremovable stains
  • No damaged or missing buttons/tassel

5. When can I collect my academic dress?

More details on the collection will be shared by mid-April 2019.

6. Will the College provide financial subsidies for the rental of the academic dress?

The College has negotiated a new rental cost with the gown supplier, Serangoon Broadway, in an effort to make the academic dress more accessible to all students. As such, the College will not be providing financial subsidies for the rental of the academic dress.

Others

1. Will I receive my actual degree certificate at the Graduation Ceremony on Monday, 13 May 2019?

Your degree scroll and complimentary transcript can be collected from end-July 2019 onwards from the NUS Registrar’s Office.

 

Guests

1. Where can parents/guardian/guests stay during that period?

Hotels

If they wish to stay near the Yale-NUS campus, some nearby hotels include:

 Serviced Apartments

A limited number of serviced apartments may be available for booking in the nearby Kent Vale Serviced Residences. Kent Vale Serviced Residences is operated by the NUS Office of Housing Services (OHS) for guests and visitors.

Please book directly with the OHS by writing in to ohsalloc@nus.edu.sg with the subject title ‘Housing request for Yale-NUS graduation’. Attach a scanned copy of the student matric card in the same email, and state the following:

  1. Name of student
  2. Matric Card No. (Please attach a scanned copy of the matric card)
  3. Guest Name
  4. Guest Email
  5. Relationship to the student
  6. of guests
  7. Check-in Date
  8. Check-out Date
  9. Preferred Apartment Type (1BR, 2BR or 3BR)

2. Will seats be allocated?

Students who are participating in the Graduation Ceremony will have assigned seats. Guests will have an assigned seating area and they can sit freely within the area.

3. Are the venues wheelchair-friendly?

Yes. If you have accessibility needs, please indicate this when you RSVP.

4. If I lose my Guest Cards before the ceremony, can I get replacement cards?

Please write to graduation@yale-nus.edu.sg to request replacement Guest Cards, should this happen.