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 19, 2015
On November 4 at 4:00pm in the Memorabilia Room in Sterling Memorial Library, University Council Member Bing Gordon ‘72 hosted a University Tea co-sponsored by the Office of...
October 8, 2015
On October 7, faculty, staff and students celebrated the 314th anniversary of Yale’s founding. A photo booth on Cross Campus was part of the fun! 
September 10, 2015
Dear students, Yesterday, you received a letter from Dr. Paul Genecin, Director of Yale Health about the developments in Mental Health and Counseling (MHC) that will help...