由于新冠肺炎疫情的影响，耶鲁大学将2020年的毕业典礼改为线上举行。耶鲁大学校长 Peter Salovey 通过视频进行了主题为“关爱我们的邻舍”（Caring for Our Neighbors）的毕业典礼演讲。Salovey校长引用《圣经》中好撒玛利亚人的故事，劝勉毕业生们能从自私、忙碌中抽离出来，去关心社会中的弱势群体，鼓励毕业生们“把耶鲁光明与真理的使命带给咫尺与天涯的邻舍”。
Graduates of the Class of 2020, family members and friends:
It's a privilege to be able to speak with you, even in this unusual way.
I know you would rather be on campus and I wish you could be here, but I'm glad we can all do our part to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and stay healthy.
Over the past several months, the novel coronavirus has spread around the globe, infecting millions and claiming far too many lives.
It has come to nearly every community.
It has come here to Yale's doorstep.
This crisis has been a wake-up call for all of us.
It has stretched healthcare systems to the breaking point.
It has threatened economies, both household and global.
And like many tragedies, it has exposed the vast gulf between the most fortunate and the most vulnerable.