YSE Reunion 2021

Join us for YSE Reunion October 7-11, 2021

YSE Alumni from all classes and their families are invited!

This year we will celebrate the classes of 2021, 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976, 1971, 1966, 1961, 1956, 1951, etc. 
Kroon Hall

As part of a community dedicated to reducing the transmission of COVID-19, Yale has chosen to substantially limit many in-person activities, including those that bring visitors to campus or cause people to travel. Given this, and the evolving nature of the ongoing pandemic, YSE Reunion 2021 will be held virtually.  We know this may be deeply disappointing for alumni who have been looking forward to gathering together again, and we share in that feeling. 

We are planning an engaging and varied program for our virtual reunion, including time for classes to gather with special guests, opportunities to showcase alumni achievements and learn new things, and good old-fashioned fun. 

We look forward to the day that we can welcome you back in person, but in the meantime, we'd welcome your suggestions about what you'd value in a virtual Reunion! Email us at alumni.yse@yale.edu.

Schedule of Events

All times are EDT. 

Thursday, October 7

6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Reunion Kickoff
6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Awards Ceremony

Introduction by YSE Dean Indy Burke

Distinguished Alum Seminar: Nan Jenks-Jay, '86 M.E.S.
Introduction by Professor Dorceta Taylor M.F.S. ‘85, Ph.D. ’91 

7:15- 7:35
Distinguished Alum Seminar: Dechen Dorji '01 M.E.M.
Introduction by Professor Tim Gregoire

7:35- 7:45
Prospect Street Award: Daniel Piotto '06 M.F., '11 Ph.D.
Introduction by Professor Florencia Montagnini

Distinguished Alumni Award 
The Distinguished Alumni Award honors the contributions and achievements of YSE alumni who have had distinguished careers and made significant contributions to the field of conservation, environmental science, and management. This year's awards will focus on members of the reunion classes (‘1s and ‘6s). Two Distinguished Alumni awards are given each year. 

Prospect Street Award 
The Prospect Street Award recognizes a graduate of the last decade (2011-2021) who embodies the spirit of YSE by having applied their education, energy and enthusiasm and demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity to make a significant impact in their field. 

8:00 pm
Alumni of Color Gathering
Virtual intergenerational gathering of alumni of color, coordinated by the YSE Alumni Association Board Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and alumni volunteers. 

Friday, October 8

5:00 p.m.- 5:40 p.m.
State of the School, YSE Dean Indy Burke
5:40 p.m.- 6:20 p.m.
Faculty Panel

Dr. Luke Sanford -  Professor of Environmental Policy
Dr. Nyeema Harris - Professor of Wildlife and Land Conservation

7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Reunion Weekend TGIF
Virtual TGIF with alumni, faculty, students, and staff.

Networking and building professional connections

Social hour with new and old friends! 


Saturday, October 9

Various times- TBD
Class Gatherings
Individual classes will have the opportunity to gather virtually, with the option to have a special faculty guest. Check back for more details!
8:30 - 9:30pm 
YSE Talent Show
Join us for the second annual virtual YSE Alumni talent show! The participation will be virtual, but the talent will be real!

Been passing the time learning new skills, or brushing up old ones? Have a great COVID song cover? This is your chance to shine in front of a loving audience that can appreciate you only as YSE Alumni Can!

Please share your talent! Submit your prerecorded act here!


Sunday, October 10

Various times- TBD
Class Gatherings
Individual classes will have the opportunity to gather virtually, with the option to have a special faculty guest. Check back for more details!

Monday, October 11

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Yale Wilbur Cross Medal Seminar
Dorceta Taylor M.F.S. ‘85, Ph.D. ’91 will deliver a public lecture from Kroon Hall as part of the ceremony honoring her as a 2020 recipient of the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, the highest honor the Yale Graduate School can bestow upon an alumni for outstanding achievement. The award was announced in 2020, but festivities were postponed by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Any time

Sunset Ceremony
An opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of alumni who have recently passed with their class and family members.