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Yale Commencement to Include First ROTC Graduates Since the 1970s

May 23, 2016

Yale University has awarded more than 3,600 degrees during ceremonies at its 315th commencement. Later Monday, the school will confer military commissions to its first group of ROTC graduates in more than four decades.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will be on hand Monday at Battell Chapel to award 18 commissions, 14 to Yale students and four to others who trained at Yale. The ROTC program resumed in 2012 after the repeal of the military's ban on homosexuals.

Yale awarded 3,628 degrees during ceremonies on its Old Campus.

It also presented honorary doctorates to nine people, including former Yale and Dallas Cowboys player Calvin Hill, Tony Award-winning actress and singer Audra McDonald and author Haruki Murakami.

 As is tradition, Yale kept the names of the honorees secret until just before the ceremony.