Yale College Class Day

Event Type: 
Event Description: 
Class Day has been a tradition for Yale University graduating seniors since the 19th century. This one-day event traditionally takes place the Sunday before Commencement. The entire graduating class gathered to celebrate their time spent together by sharing their own memories and reflections as well as incorporating longstanding traditions of Yale such as singing “Bright College Years” as they wave a white handkerchief. Yale welcomed back acclaimed novelist and essayist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Yale ’08), as she addressed the graduating class. Awards were given out, including the awarding of top academic, artistic, and athletic student, among other prizes. Seniors attended this event wearing their academic gowns with a unique headgear of their choice.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Old Campus
Yale College
Point of Contact: 
Allison Coleman
YC&E Project Lead: 
Jennifer Zuccaro
Scope of Work: 

• Worked closely with a broader team of people that handled the logistics of the event
• Arranged food and beverage for Class Day Luncheon as well as transportation to Old Campus
• Assisted with coordinating a livestream of the entire event
• Managed team of 40 volunteers onsite
• Organized processional and stage seating
• Coordinated with Yale Police Department and Security to arrange the proper amount of supervision for this event
• Provided tote bags for all graduates with Yale logo and Class of 2019 printed on
• Onsite coordination