FAQs

General

1. What is the programme for Graduation 2018?

There will be a number of events leading up to the Graduation ceremony on 28 May 2018.

On Sunday, 27 May, there will be a Class Day celebration on campus for students and their families.

On Monday, 28 May, students and faculty will robe on the College campus. After robing, the College will provide transportation from the College to the University Cultural Centre (UCC) for the Graduation Ceremony. Transportation is provided for all students, faculty, staff and guests from the College to the UCC.

More details will be given nearer the date.

2. Who are the students participating in the ceremony?

Students from the Class of 2017 (who did not process onstage) and 2018 who have fulfilled their graduation requirements by the end of Semester 2 AY2017/2018 will be invited to participate in the ceremony as graduating students.

Students from the Class of 2017 and 2018 who have not fulfilled their graduation requirements by end of Semester 2 AY2017/2018, and need up to one additional academic year to fulfil them will also be invited to participate in the ceremony as non-graduating students. These students may include those who need additional modular credits, have taken a Leave of Absence (LoA), or are in a Double Degree Programme or Concurrent Degree Programme.

Both graduating and non-graduating students will be robed. However, only graduating students will be invited on stage to receive their degree scrolls from the Presiding Officer, and have their names included in the list of graduands in the Graduation Ceremony programme booklet.

3. Who will be invited to the ceremony?

Guests of both the graduating and non-graduating students who are participating in the ceremony, staff and faculty of Yale-NUS College, and stakeholders of Yale-NUS College will be invited to the ceremony.

4. Who will be presenting the degree scrolls?

The Presiding Officer of the ceremony will present the scrolls to the graduating students.

5. Will the College be providing transportation between Yale-NUS College and the University Cultural Centre on the day of the Graduation Ceremony?

Yes. Transportation will be provided between the University Cultural Centre and the College before and after the ceremony. More details will be made available on the Graduation microsite nearer the date.

6. Are there arrangements to live-stream the event?

Yes. The ceremony will be streamed live on the Graduation website.  The clip will also be made available for viewing online after the event.

7. Who can I contact with questions?

Please write to publicaffairs@yale-nus.edu.sg if you have any other questions.

 

Students

Eligibility

1. Will non-graduating students who take up the option of attending the 28 May 2018 Ceremony be invited to participate in a future Yale-NUS Graduation Ceremony as graduating students after they have fulfilled their graduation requirements?

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

2. I am a Double Degree Programme (DDP) /Concurrent Degree Programme (CDP) student who started my course in 2014. Can I take part in the ceremony on 28 May 2018?

Students in the Double Degree Programme (with Bachelor of Laws) and Concurrent Degree Programme (with Master of Master in Public Policy or Master of Public Health) will graduate one year later than other Yale-NUS students in the same cohort. Hence, students from the 2014 DDP and CDP cohorts will graduate in 2019.

DDP and CDP students from the 2014 cohort who are on track to fulfil their graduation requirements by the end of the next academic year will be invited to participate in the ceremony as non-graduating students and be robed.

If they choose to attend the ceremony, they will receive housing and Guest Cards, but they will not be presented onstage to receive a scroll from the Presiding Officer. Only graduating students 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-graduating students who take up the option of attending the 28 May 2018 ceremony will also be invited to participate in the next Yale-NUS Graduation Ceremony as a graduating student after they have fulfilled their graduation requirements.

3. I have previously taken a Leave of Absence (LOA). Can I participate in the 2018 Graduation Ceremony?

If you do not expect to fulfil your graduation requirements by end of Semester 2 AY2017/2018, but are on track to fulfil your graduation requirements by the end of the next academic year, you will be invited to participate in the ceremony as a non-graduating student and be robed.

If you choose to attend, you will receive housing and Guest Cards, but you will not be invited on stage to receive a scroll from the Presiding Officer. Only graduating students who have fulfilled their graduation requirements will be invited 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-graduating students who take up the option of attending the 28 May 2018 ceremony will also be invited to participate in a future Yale-NUS Graduation Ceremony as a graduating student after they have fulfilled their graduation requirements.

Accommodation

1. Will there be accommodation for students who are participating in the Graduation Ceremony since the semester would have ended before the event?

The College will provide accommodation for all students who are participating in the Graduation Ceremony from the end of exams until 30 May 2018. Please check back with the Dean of Students’ office for further details.

2. How much will the interim accommodation cost?

Interim accommodation will be free of charge for students who are participating in the Graduation Ceremony.

3. Can I choose specific dates that I wish to stay on campus, or must this follow a block period?

Students will need to follow a block period. The dates will run from the end of exams until 30 May 2018.

Invitations and Seating

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

By 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 publicaffairs@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.

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. Am I allowed to customise my academic dress?

All graduating students must go 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.

3. When can I collect my academic dress?

More details on the collection will be shared by mid-April 2018.

Others

1. Will I receive my actual degree certificate at the Graduation Ceremony on 28 May 2018?

No, your actual certificate will be available from end-July 2018 onwards.

 

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