The Office of the Secretary supports the governance of Yale University and oversees major institutional services and events. 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, the advisory body to the President.

The office orchestrates all major events at the university, including Baccalaureate, Commencement, Freshman Assembly, and Veterans Day. In this capacity, the office works to ensure that all college and university engagements reflect and instill the pride that Yale University encapsulates as an institution of diverse and exceptional knowledge.  

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 Goff-Crews was appointed Secretary of the University in August 2012. At that time, she also became the University’s first Vice President for Student Life.


May 19, 2014
If I know one thing about Yale students, it is that you are eager to succeed. Your drive, your passion, and your commitment never cease to amaze me. Commencement is a time to...
March 24, 2014
The Yale Corporation is the governing and policy-making body for Yale University. The Fellows of the Corporation, currently all alumni of Yale, represent a wide array of...
February 26, 2014
Join Dean Rodney Cohen as he welcomes Secretary and Vice President for Student Life Kimberly Goff-Crews back to the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale for a Dean’s...