Several days before graduation, Faye Maison, a Yale senior awaiting her B.A. in Political Science, mused about the end of her educational journey at Yale: “It’s hard to imagine how I’ll feel on Monday. I think I’ll be glad to just hold my diploma and know that I’ve finished.”
The process by which a Yale diploma ends up in the hands of Yale seniors like Maison is the provenance of the Secretary’s Office, which keeps the official diploma records of the University and produces the diplomas with the assistance of Yale’s registrars and Yale Printing and Publishing Services (YPPS). The diplomas are signed by the President and Secretary of the University and embossed with the University seal.