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Commencement Weekend

Yale’s 300th Commencement is preceded by an array of receptions, concerts, and theatrical productions, as well as the traditional exercises and addresses. Highlights include:

Yale Dramatic Association Musical, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, with four performances: May 18, 8pm; May 19 at 2pm and 8pm; and May 20 at 8:30; staged at the University Theatre, 222 York Street. Call 203-432-1212 for tickets.

Baccalaureate Services featuring an address by President Richard Levin and remarks by the Dean of the College and the University Chaplain, Woolsey Hall; May 20 at 9:30am and 11am.

Class Day Exercises, including the awarding of honors, celebration of College traditions, and a keynote address by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton '73JD: May 20 at 2pm, on the Old Campus.

Yale Concert Band Annual Twilight Concert, May 20 at 7pm, on the Old Campus. Free.

Commencement Exercises, May 21 at 10:30am, on the Old Campus.


University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street, 432-0600

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-6pm.

“Ancients and Moderns: Tradition and Transformation in the Arts of Asia, II”
Through September 2

The second part of a two-part exhibition on Asian art explores the ways the past has served as a source of inspiration for Asian artists in a variety of media.

Ceramics from the Neolithic Dawenkou Culture (4th-3rd millennia BCE) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in China, and from the Jomon Period (c. 10,000-c. 300 BCE) to the Edo Period (1615-1868) in Japan, represent the “ancients.” Twentieth-century Japanese ceramics from the collection of Molly and Walter Bareiss '40 provide comparisons with “moderns.” Chinese paintings and calligraphy, Japanese prints of the Edo, Meji (1868-1912), and Taisho (1912-1926) periods, and contemporary prints further reveal ways in which the past has served as a source of renewal or as a tradition to be rejected.


1080 Chapel Street, 432-2800

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12-5pm.

“The Line of Beauty: British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century”
May 19 through September 2

More than 100 drawings and watercolors, drawn from the BAC’s 18th-century holdings, comprise this exhibit, which celebrates the richness of 18th-century drawing, while examining the professional and social roles played by draftsmanship during the period. Among the highlights are works by William Blake, John Robert Cozens, Thomas Gainsborough, and William Hogarth.


School of Drama
222 York Street, 432-1234

“Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder '20; directed by Claudia Zelevansky
May 3 through May 9

Closing the Drama School’s 75th anniversary season is this American classic, winner of the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, depicting life in a New Hampshire village during the early part of the 20th century.


170 Whitney Avenue, 432-5050

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm.

“The African Roots of the Amistad Rebellion: Masks of the Sacred Bush”
Through December 31

Most of the captives on board the historic Amistad were Mende from Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa. Today, the Mende are the most numerous cultural group in Sierra Leone, numbering more than 1.5 million people.

A private collection of West African masks and other artifacts from Sierra Leone, complemented by rare photographs and field recordings, explores the cultural traditions behind the epochal events surrounding the Amistad rebellion, and gives insight into the rituals of the Mende people.  the end


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