The Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life supports the governance of Yale University, provides strategic direction for student life, and oversees major institutional events and services.

The office facilitates the meetings, retreats, elections, and projects of the Yale Corporation, the policy-making board of Yale University, and also provides support for the University Council, an advisory body to the president.

In collaboration with faculty, administration, staff, and student leaders from across the university, the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life crafts the vision for student life that affects all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Yale.

The office coordinates all major ceremonies at the university, including Baccalaureate, Commencement, Freshman Assembly, Veterans Day, and other special events.

The Office of the Secretary processes all university diplomas and letters of introduction, and manages the awarding of Honorary Degrees and prizes (departmental, academic, college, and athletic). Finally, the office is responsible for overseeing the academic calendar, annual reports, and registration for non-undergraduate organizations.

Kimberly M. Goff-Crews is the secretary and vice president for student life, a position she has held since August 2012.


October 13, 2017
A message from Kimberly M. Goff-Crews To the Yale Community:   Members of the Yale community create, organize, and run an extraordinary array of programs for children and...
October 10, 2017
Dear Yale faculty, students, and staff, You are invited to celebrate the fourth annual Yale Founders Day on Wednesday, October 11. Events will take place throughout the day,...
October 4, 2017
The following message was sent to members of the Yale community by Kimberly M. Goff-Crews, Secretary and Vice President for Student Life  Yale is a community committed to...
September 26, 2017
The following message was sent to members of the Yale community on Sept. 26 by Kimberly M. Goff-Crews, secretary and vice president for student life. This has been a season...
August 30, 2017
Yale is committed to fostering an environment that values the free expression of ideas. In 1975, Yale adopted a statement from the Report of the Committee on Freedom of...