Staff Service Recognition Program

Congratulations to Yale staff members who are celebrating milestone service anniversaries from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020!

25- to 50-year employees were recently honored in special remarks by President Salovey and the 2020 Long-Service yearbook. 45- and 50-year honorees were additionally honored in a special video production.

To read President Salovey’s letter, watch the 2020 Long-Service video, and view the yearbook, visit the Long-Service Recognition page

Long–Service Recognition Dinner

Staff members celebrating milestone anniversaries beginning at 25 years of service are invited to attend the Long-Service Recognition Dinner. This gala event is traditionally held in the spring at a large campus venue. Invitations are mailed to honorees’ home addresses approximately one month before the event. Honorees may bring one guest. Supervisors of staff members celebrating 45 years of service or greater will receive an email invitation to the Long-Service Recognition Dinner.

Long–Service Recognition Slideshow and Yearbook

During the Long-Service Recognition dinner, a slideshow will display honoree photos. As a memento of the occasion, honorees will also receive a Long-Service Recognition yearbook that contains their photo. 35-year honorees and greater will also have an accompanying story about their service to Yale.

In the fall preceding the event, a professional photographer on behalf of Internal Communications will contact honorees via phone or e-mail to schedule an appointment to have their photo taken. The photograph is the property of Yale University and will not be used in any manner aside from the Long-Service program nor referred to any third party.

Service Anniversary Gifts

Beginning with the 10-year milestone anniversary, a wide selection of gift options is presented to honorees to select a memento of their time at Yale. Gift-ordering instructions for selecting a gift online, accompany the certificate of appreciation in the same envelope.

Gift selections include Yale-branded merchandise such as a Yale watch for 25-year honorees and a Yale chair/rocker for 30-year honorees on up. Jewelry and many other lifestyle gifts are also available. Shipping is via UPS to the honoree’s home address and typically takes four to six weeks for delivery.

In lieu of receiving a gift, honorees may opt to have a tree planted on Yale’s campus in their honor. This option can be selected in the online gift catalog. Twice a year, volunteers from Human Resources, Internal Communications, the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Yale alumni plant the trees in various locations around campus. Staff members are also welcome to assist in planting trees. Read more about the ongoing care of the trees from Yale Facilities.

Computer kiosks are available for ordering gifts located in the Employee Service Center, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. A representative will be available to assist in logging into the gift-ordering website.

Certificates of Appreciation

For each five-year anniversary beginning with five years of service to the university, staff members receive a certificate of appreciation at their campus mail address in the month preceding their anniversary date.

For Supervisors

For each staff member celebrating a five-year milestone anniversary beginning with five years of service, supervisors receive an e-mail notification a few weeks before the honoree’s anniversary date. At that time, supervisors are encouraged to create an e-mail that will be automatically sent to the honoree on the anniversary date. Suggestions for honoring staff members are also included in the notification.

Supervisors of staff members celebrating 45 years or greater of service to the university will receive an e-mail invitation to the Long-Service Recognition Dinner.


To find out your anniversary date and years of service, view your personal information in Workday or contact Employee Services at 203-432-5552 or

Other questions regarding the program or event can be directed to Internal Communications at