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Reunion 2024

YSE will offer an engaging and varied program for our in-person reunion, October 4-6, including time for classes and groups to reconnect and reminisce, opportunities to showcase alumni achievements and learn new things, and good old-fashioned fun.

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    Reunion Weekend 2024
    Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6, 2024
    New Haven, CT

    In 2024 we will celebrate the classes of 2019, 2014, 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954, etc.

    Make plans now to join your classmates and generations of YSE alums in New Haven for Reunion Weekend! YSE Alumni from all classes and their families are invited. 
    Register for Reunion

    Now's the time to:

    • Arrange lodging for yourself or your group near YSE. YSE has arranged for a room block at The Study Hotel for October 4-6, 2024 for $249 a night. Rooms can be booked in this block through September 13. Link: Yale School of the Environment Reunion Weekend Room Block Guests can also call the Study 24/7 at 203-503-3900 and reference the Yale School of the Environment Reunion Weekend to book over the phone.
      You can also find a list of nearby hotels here, or team up to book a B&B or vacation rental, which can be a great way to catch up with friends and share costs. 
    • Volunteer to help reach out to classmates to make Reunion Weekend plans! If you are interested in volunteering, email us at
    • Join the Alumnifire group for your class year! Alumnifire is a great way to network, reconnect with classmates, and begin planning for your Reunion Weekend.

    YSE Reunion Weekend 2024 - Prospective Schedule of Events

    Please check back, as this schedule will continue to evolve!

    Friday, October 4

    Reunion Weekend Welcome Table

    Beginning at 4:00 pm 
    Kroon Hall Entry 
    Welcome back! Come check in when you arrive – open throughout most of Reunion Weekend.

    Alumni Flash Talks

    5:00 pm – 5:45 pm 
    Burke Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Kroon Hall  
    Join students and alumni for a series of concise and engaging presentations and stories by alumni. 

    Reunion Weekend TGIF

    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
    Knobloch Environment Center, 3rd Floor, Kroon Hall  
    Kick off Reunion Weekend at TGIF with alumni, faculty, students, and staff. Hors d'oeuvres, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage options will be provided. 

    LGBTQAI+ Alumni Gathering

    Beginning at 8:00 pm  
    Marsh Rotunda, Marsh Hall 
    Alumni who identify as LGBTQAI+ are invited to join in this gathering as a chance to build connection and community. Light seasonal refreshments will be served.

    Class-Organized Gatherings

    Friday Evening
    Individual classes are encouraged to arrange informal dinners/gatherings during this time. Coordinate with your friends and classmates to catch up on campus or at a local restaurant!

    Saturday, October 5

    Coffee and Pastries

    9:30 am – 12:00 pm    
    Gordy’s BYO Café, 3rd Floor, Kroon Hall 
    Fuel your body and mind for a day of learning and celebration! Available before and throughout the morning programming.

    Distinguished Alumni Seminars

    10:00 am – 10:45 am 
    Burke Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Kroon Hall

    State of the School 

    10:45 am – 11:30 am  
    Burke Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Kroon Hall
    Dean Indy Burke will talk about the progress and trajectory of the school, and share updates.

    Coffee Break

    11:30 am – 11:45 am

    YSE Faculty Panel

    11:45 am – 1:00 pm  
    Burke Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Kroon Hall  
    Join us for a panel on the many dimensions across which YSE is developing climate solutions, featuring: 

    • Pete Raymond - Senior Associate Dean of Research & Director of Doctoral Studies and Oastler Professor of Biogeochemistry
    • Yuan Yao - Associate Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems   

    YSE Alumni Awards Luncheon

    1:00 pm – 2:15 pm   
    Knobloch Environment Center, 3rd Floor, Kroon Hall 
    The luncheon provides an opportunity to recognize the impressive accomplishments of fellow alums and celebrate the YSE community.

    Tour of the Peabody Museum of Natural History

    2:30 pm – 4:00 pm   
    Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Ave 
    Explore over 5 billion years of natural history at the newly renovated Peabody Museum. Visit rejuvenated classics such as the first Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus and Triceratops specimens discovered by paleontologists, look back in time in the minerals, earth and Space exhibit, and see never-before displayed artifacts and contemporary art throughout the expanded museum.

    Alumni of Color Reception 

    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  
    Sage Lounge, Sage Hall 
    This event provides the opportunity for Alumni of Color to connect and build inter-generational relationships. Light refreshments will be served. Hosted by the YSE Alumni Association Board.  

    Open time for socialization and relaxation 

    Saturday Afternoon  

    Class-Organized Gatherings

    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm   
    Individual classes are encouraged to arrange informal dinners/gatherings during this time. Coordinate with your friends and classmates to catch up!

    Class of 2019 Departs for 5-Year Reunion Trip to Great Mountain Forest

    2:00 pm 
    Meet on Prospect Street in front of Kroon Hall, trip returns Sunday morning, October 6.

    Happy Hour

    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  
    Kroon Hall Plaza 
    Connect with fellow alums for hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and conversation leading up to the Harvest Dinner.

    Harvest Dinner

    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm   
    Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall 
    A highlight of Reunion Weekend. Join us for a festive evening of delicious harvest food, surrounded by friends and a fall atmosphere.  

    Sunday, October 6

    Morning at the Yale Farm – Breakfast and Tour

    9:00 am – 11:00 am  
    Yale Farm, 345 Edwards Street 
    Join us for a delicious al-fresco breakfast at the Yale Farm, and enjoy a student-led tour of this lively acre of land where students care for plants and animals to enrich their studies and explore the relationships between food, farming, people, and planet. 

    Immediately Following Reunion Weekend 2024

    Gathering Honoring Professor Graeme Berlyn

    12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  
    Marsh Rotunda, Marsh Hall - 360 Prospect Street  
    Graeme Berlyn, E. H. Harriman Professor of Forest Management and Physiology of Trees, a beloved professor and world-renowned expert on the anatomy and physiology of plants and trees, taught at YSE for more than 60 years before his passing in February 2024 at the age of 90. Please join Graeme’s students, colleagues, admirers and family to honor him.

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    2023 Sunset Ceremony

    360 Tour of Kroon and other YSE Buildings

    Embark on a self-guided journey through YSE buildings in New Haven and at Yale-Myers Forest. See new buildings, revisit old haunts and learn something new!

    Kroon Hall: Lessons Learned from a Decade on the Leading Edge

    Join Sara Smiley Smith ’07 M.E.Sc./M.P.H., ’16 Ph.D, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Research and Sustainability at YSE, for a tour through the School's flagship building, its sustainability features, and what we have learned as we've studied and worked in Yale's first  LEED Platinum building over the last decade.

    Virtual Field Trip to Yale-Myers Forest