Four ways to celebrate your honoree on a milestone anniversary

Milestone anniversaries are greatly anticipated by many Yale staff members. In addition to receiving recognition from the university, consider celebrating your honoree in one or more of the following ways:

  • Create a Recognition Wall for your honoree - To create a memorable experience for your honoree, start a Recognition Wall—a secure, customizable website— where you, friends, and colleagues can post your sentiments. View a brief presentation to learn more about the Recognition Wall experience.
    Building a Recognition Wall is quick and easy. To help you get started, you will receive an email notification of your staff member’s upcoming anniversary 30 days prior to the anniversary. At that time, you will be invited to create a colorful e-card that will be held in a queue to be automatically delivered on the anniversary date. At the same time, you can invite friends and colleagues of the honoree to post messages, too. View an example of the email that will be automatically generated when you invite friends and colleagues to post a message.
  • Surprise your honoree with a certificate of appreciation - The university sends a certificate of appreciation to milestone anniversary celebrants directly to campus mailbox addresses. If your staff member does not have ready access to his/her campus mailbox or you simply want to surprise your staff member by personally presenting their certificate, you may opt to directly receive your staff members’ certificates in order that you can present them on their anniversary dates. To arrange for a change in delivery address, please send an email to
  • Attend a tree planting event - Beginning with 10 years of service to the university, staff members can elect to have a tree planted on campus in their honor in lieu of a traditional gift. If your honoree selects the tree planting, you will be invited to attend a tree planting event. Tree plantings are held twice a year: on Founders Day (October) and on Yale Alumni’s Day of Service (May). Consider attending the tree-planting event with your honoree or even helping to plant a tree. For more information, please send an email to
  • Attend the Long-Service Recognition Dinner with your staff member - Supervisors of staff members celebrating 45 years or greater of service to the university will receive an email invitation to the Long-Service Recognition Dinner in the springtime approximately one month before the event. Consider celebrating at the banquet with your staff member.