The AYA Assembly


The AYA Assembly is the preeminent leadership information and development program for alumni. It is actually two things: (1) the body of delegates, as outlined by the AYA Constitution, who serve as representatives of the alumni community; and (2) the annual gathering of these delegates back at Yale on the weekend of the last home football game in November.

  • Save the dates: Assembly LXXVI
    “Teaching to Our Strengths: Yale’s Schools of Art, Architecture, Drama and Music”
    Thursday–Friday 10–11 November 2016

Delegates are elected or appointed to attend the Assembly as a representative of a regional Yale Club, a Yale College class, a graduate or professional school alumni association, or a shared interest group. In addition, there are other volunteer leaders who serve as ex officio delegates, as well as “At-Large” delegates who represent alumni outside of these constituencies.


On the Thursday of Assembly weekend, delegates attend informational and educational sessions organized around a theme, usually a particular aspect of Yale life: the theme for 2013, for example, was “New Haven at 375: Celebrating a Remarkable City,” while for 2014 it was “The Entrepreneurial Spirit at Yale.” Sessions on Friday are focused on leadership development, and generally feature small-group breakouts and hands-on sessions designed to be useful to the delegates in their volunteer capacities. The Yale Medal Dinner in Commons takes place on Thursday night in odd-numbered years, on Friday night in even-numbered years. On Saturday, the AYA hosts a special Alumni Village tailgate event at the Yale Bowl preceding the football game.


  • Those planning on attending the Assembly should make every effort to be in New Haven in time for the Thursday sessions, which typically begin at 9:00 in the morning. (Assembly registration begins at 8:00 that morning.)


Specific Assembly schedule information is sent to all delegates in the early fall. It is also available on-line through a link on this website once it has been sent out. For more information on the Assembly prior to then, contact Bob Bonds ’71 at