Every Yale College class holds on-campus reunions on a five year cycle, from the 5th to the 65th Reunion. YAA also hosts a Senior Reunion for every class past the 65th Reunion. See below for answers to some commons questions.
Most Reunion events are casual. For the Class Dinner, most classes suggest jacket and tie for men and comparable attire for women. Reunion meals are usually served outdoors under a tent and cannot be moved indoors regardless of weather, so please plan accordingly.
Yale cares deeply about the health and well-being of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. That is why the university is committed to supporting a tobacco-free campus. Leading the charge among its Ivy peers, the focus of Tobacco Free Yale is on improving the health and environment of our overall community. The goals of the Tobacco Free Yale Initiative are to: create a healthier university community, foster a campus culture in which tobacco users are supported in their quit attempts and become a model for developing a tobacco-free campus. On a tobacco-free campus, smoking cigarettes, including e-cigarettes, and the use of all tobacco products is prohibited in all areas including property leased or owned by the university.
There are no designated smoking areas on a tobacco-free campus. Yale’s goal is for all cigarette urns to be phased out over the next year. However, during this transition phase and as our visitors adjust to our policy, a limited number of designated smoking areas will be placed at conference centers and be at least 25 feet away from doorways and air intakes.
For more information on this important Yale initiative please visit Tobacco Free Yale.
Though we prepare for a limited number of walk-in registrations, advance registration is strongly encouraged to hold your space at Reunion, and to provide your class leadership a more accurate idea of how many meals and Reunion souvenirs to order.
In addition any special meal or housing requests must be made at least several weeks in advance. Our ability to honor on-site special requests is very limited.
Our online registration system is designed to accept new Reunion registrations only, so please use email or phone to notify us of changes.
If you previously registered online and still have your confirmation email, you may reply to that email with a note regarding the changes needed. We will update your registration and send you a new confirmation within two weeks. (Changes received during the two weeks prior to reunions will be processed on an ongoing basis, usually within 3-4 business days.)
If you registered by mail or fax, or no longer have your confirmation email, you may send your changes to us by email or call our Reunion hotline at (203) 432-2110. A new confirmation will be sent within two weeks.
Travel & Accommodations
Those arriving by air or train should go directly to reunion headquarters to check in and get final weekend information. Those arriving by car are encouraged to park first: Pierson-Sage Garage if staying on campus or visiting for the day; hotel parking if staying at a hotel. Then take the Reunion Shuttle to headquarters.
Your ultimate destination when you arrive in New Haven will be your class reunion headquarters. Please arrive at the gate serving as the college's main entrance. This gate will be marked by a large reunion banner; other college gates are usually locked. Main entrances are located as follows:
Branford: York Street
Davenport: York Street
Jonathan Edwards: High Street
Old Campus: College or High Streets
Pierson: York Street
Silliman: College Street
If staying on campus or visiting for the day, we recommend parking in Yale's Pierson-Sage Garage and using the Reunion Shuttle to get around campus. Click here for directions to Pierson-Sage and a map of campus.
Parking on the street is subject to meters, ticketing, and towing; public lots and garages are usually not open 24 hours a day, and Yale lots have either limited or no access.
For those at hotels, you may park at the hotel (for a nominal fee), and use the Reunion Shuttle to get to events.
New Haven is alive with an eclectic mix of dining, culture, and shopping experiences. Savor the finest international cuisine at any of the City's award-winning restaurants. Enjoy shopping in our unique stores and boutiques. For more information visit the INFO New Haven storefront located at the corner of Chapel and College Streets or click here.
Children at Reunions
Reunion child care services are provided by Bright Horizons Family Solutions in the Payne Whitney Gym, including the Lanman Center and Lee Amphitheater. Camp Bulldog is open to children from 4 months of age through eighth grade. For more information, including which weekend Camp Bulldog is available, please visit your class's reunion page on our site.
Yes! Yale Reunions have long been considered a wonderful opportunity for Yale College alumni to introduce their families to their classmates and to Yale. Many events are informal, and you may choose to have your child attend with you.
Yes. With the exception of the Class Dinner, which may be a served sit-down meal, meals are informal and buffet-style, with selections appropriate for children and teens.
If you have additional questions about children at reunions, please feel free to contact us by email or by calling us at (203) 432-2110.
Accessibility and special requests
The YAA wishes to make Reunions as accessible as possible to all. Because situations vary, we work closely with individuals to accommodate special needs for housing, transportation, meals, etc. Please contact us at (203) 432-2110 or email us for assistance before registering.
Please contact us by email or phone (203-432-2110), Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Eastern time.