SPECIAL ISSUE
COMMENCEMENT 2022
THROUGH THE YEARS
Outpouring of protest surrounds Kavanaugh confirmation

On July 9, 2018, Brett Kavanaugh ’87 LAW ’90 was nominated by former U.S. President Donald Trump to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. His […]

Four Years of Toad’s Place: From Covid to Taylor Swift

No music venue is as integral to the Yale experience as Toad’s Place. The nightclub, which hosts a Yale-only, Wednesday-night dance party known as “Woads,” […]

YCC through the years: From financial troubles in 2018 to the first Black woman president in 2022

When the graduating class of 2022 joined Yale in the fall of 2018, the Yale College Council was facing financial difficulties. The YCC had just […]

Multiple Heads of College resign between 2018-2022

Many students in the Class of 2022 witnessed their Heads of College step down and be replaced during their time at Yale — with the […]

Yale’s response to student calls for improved mental health services

Content warning: This article contains references to suicide. *** The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a hotline for individuals in crisis or for those looking […]

New Haven storefronts evolve

As the class of 2022 joined the New Haven community in 2018, the University had just held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new L.L. Bean […]

YEAR ONE
Commencement through the years

For the Class of 2022, Yale’s 321st commencement ceremony offers a return to normalcy and tradition.  The ceremony is only the second in four years […]

Four Years of Financial Aid Developments

In recent years, Yale’s Office of Financial Aid has made several amendments to their aid policies and increased socio-economic diversity at the University. In 2018, […]

Spring Fling through the years

Spring Fling, the beloved day-long music festival, typically takes place every year on Old Campus in the time between the end of classes and the […]

Amid calls to dismantle, YPD to press on with reforms

Mirroring nationwide movements to defund law enforcement agencies, students called on the University to defund, dissolve and disarm the Yale Police Department. Their demands were […]

College admissions scandal paints Yale in “Varsity Blues”

From Hot Pockets heiress Michelle Janavs to former University of Southern California soccer coach Laura Janke, over 50 celebrities and coaches of Division I sports […]

ER&M continues to grow in wake of 2019 protests

In March 2019, 13 faculty members withdrew from Yale’s program in Ethnicity, Race and Migration, citing the University’s lack of support. After national protest and […]

YEAR TWO
Student activism ignites change and ongoing action

In response to national and institutional reckonings, Yale students have rallied at the steps of Sterling Memorial Library, marched on Cross Campus and the New […]

50 Years of Coeducation: Yale College commemorates first women to attend

In a year-long commemoration titled 50WomenAtYale150, Yale celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first female students to attend Yale College through conferences, film screenings, publications […]

Marvin Chun steps down as dean of Yale college

In Mid-January, Dean of Yale College Marvin Chun announced that he would step down after serving as dean for five years.  Chun — a professor […]

The light at the end of the tunnel: The COVID-19 vaccine at Yale

In an email sent on March 10, 2020, University President Peter Salovey told all Yale students to remain home after spring recess through at least […]

COVID-19 research goes viral at Yale: two years of breakthroughs

For Yale researchers, the pandemic meant a daunting checklist of breakthroughs to achieve: dissecting COVID-19’s toll on the body, devising accurate and accessible COVID-19 testing […]

Yale students participate in the U.S. 2020 elections as voters, organizers

Amid a year marked by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and a nationwide movement for racial justice, many Yalies engaged in the 2020 U.S. […]

YEAR THREE
Beverly Gage resigns as Grand Strategy director over academic freedom concerns

Beverly Gage, a 20th-century history professor who served as director of Yale’s Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, stepped down from the position citing the University’s […]

Yale students and alumni receive coveted scholarships

Yale College students won several prestigious scholarships over the 2021-22 academic year.  Four Yalies won Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford […]

Supreme Court, federal courts to hear cases that could end affirmative action

This year, the Supreme Court is set to review cases against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill that could end affirmative action […]

Yale among four Ivy League universities to receive bomb threats

The University was put on high alert when a bomb threat was reported on Nov. 5th that caused Old Campus and many other buildings on […]

Antitrust Suit Against Yale and Other Universities Continues

Decisions are still awaited in the recent lawsuit alleging that Yale and other elite universities considered applicants’ financial standing during the admission process. Nine members […]

New Schwarzman Center home to connection and controversy

In September of 2014, three student governing bodies at Yale — the Yale College Council, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate and the Graduate Student […]

Class of 2022 set since-broken records for greatest socioeconomic diversity and largest applicant pool

The class of 2022 broke the record for the largest applicant pool in history, as applications from 35,305 high schoolers flooded in during the 2017-2018 […]

Graduating seniors catch historic comebacks at Yale-Harvard Games

With just 22 seconds left, The Game was suddenly Harvard’s. Graduating Yale seniors lost their final Yale-Harvard game in November but basked in the school […]

YEAR FOUR
Yale’s “universal pass/fail” experiment and its lasting impacts

When classes moved online in spring 2020, students rallied for a “universal pass” system to address concerns of educational inequity. Although the University opted for […]

RNA Vaccines, ultrasound therapies and more: Yale researchers stay active through the pandemic

Despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale researchers have continued to push the frontiers of science, publishing hundreds of scientific articles and developing new […]

Greek life pushes for inclusivity amid campus criticism

The Greek life atmosphere at Yale has faced pressure to become more inclusive over the past four years, a shift that has come amid allegations […]

From pandemic recovery to growth equity: Mayor Elicker’s evolving agenda

Just weeks after taking the mayoral office in 2019, Justin Elicker quickly found his office consumed by the harsh realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.  But […]