YAA Assembly & Yale Alumni Fund Convocation

The YAA Assembly & Yale Alumni Fund Convocation is our signature program for volunteer leaders. Attendees get an inside look at Yale today, honor outstanding volunteers and organizations, and engage with each other and professional staff to share best practices and new ideas.

2020-21 Assembly & Convocation

2020 Assembly and Convocation - Save the DateYale Alumni Association Assembly and Yale Alumni Fund Convocation will be virtual this year, with a series of virtual sessions and offerings replacing our usual two-day, in-person event.

To start, join us September 15 at 6 p.m. ET for our kick-off event featuring President Peter Salovey ’86 PhD, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development Joan O’Neill, YAA Board of Governors Jerry Henry ’80 MDiv, and Yale Alumni Fund Board of Directors  Chair Marla Grossman ’90. They will be followed by a dean's panel moderated by Tamar Gendler '87, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

During this difficult time for communities around the globe, staying connected is more important than ever, so we look forward to our virtual experience.

2020-21 Schedule

The 2020 YAA Assembly & Yale Alumni Fund Convocation theme is "The Arts & Humanities at Yale: A legacy of Excellence at Moments of Challenge." Schedule highlights for the year include: 

Each month’s program will also feature interactive social or networking events. 

Program Overview

Current Yale medalists and previous recipients gather during the 2019 Assembly and Convocation.
Current Yale medalists and previous recipients gather during the 2019 Assembly and Convocation.

The Assembly & Convocation program traditionally begins with "Meet Me at Mory's" on Wednesday evening, a chance for attendees to socialize and network with fellow volunteers. Registration is open in the evening for early arrivals.

Thursday's program runs the full day, from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and focuses on a theme related to Yale today. Details about the theme, sessions, and speakers are available in the fall each year.

Friday's program is also a full day, dedicated to leadership development, with sessions related to specific roles and constituencies such as interest groups or fundraising as well as skill-building and networking designed to support Yale volunteers regardless of your role.

Throughout the event, you will have an opportunity to honor and celebrate volunteers and organizations being recognized with awards, including the Yale Medal dinner and an evening reception. These events alternate between Thursday and Friday evening, depending on the year.

In addition to the Yale Medal, other awards presented during Assembly/Convocation include: YAA Board of Governors Excellence Awards, YAA Leadership Awards, Yale Alumni Fund Chairman's Awards, and Yale Jefferson Awards for Public Service

While not part of the Assembly/Convocation program, many participants stay in town for the YAA Alumni Village and final home football game on Saturday.

Assembly FAQs

For information about eligibility, registration, costs, and other logistics, please visit the Help Center or contact YAA staff with specific questions.