Commencement looked a little different this year, but we gladly celebrated you in every way we could! Congratulations Class of 2021 – we will miss you, but you will be always be cherished members of The Herd!
As a part of this year’s commencement activites, the fully vaccinated senior class gathered in the college courtyard for a delicious meal prepared by Yale Hospitality and an evening of awards and toasts. Head of College Camacho and Dean Temple gave speeches honoring the community and their achievements.
Wild Moose Chase
For senior week, Stiles seniors went on a wild (m)oose chase across campus and into New Haven to complete a scavenger hunt full of fun challenges and photo ops, reminding all the lesser colleges just why Stiles is the best residential college at Yale.
Sippin’ and Sequins 2021
Even though Yale’s Senior Masquerade was cancelled due to COVID-19, our Seniors kept this Stiles tradition alive. Senior Moose gathered in small groups to host individual mask-making parties, but still all came together over Zoom to spend a lovely evening making beautiful masks and enjoying wine and cheese. A surprise virtual pop-in from their own FroCos from their first-year, topped off a really special evening.
This year, we were lucky to have the Class of 2024 live in Stiles for the fall semester! During the last week of on-campus living, we gathered virtually to send off the froshmoose, share stories, toast each other and future!
Fall IMs Kickoff
Who said social distancing can’t be fun? To kickoff the start of the fall intramural sports, mask-wearing moose enjoyed games on the Crescent Courtyard Lawn, donuts, and cheers with HC and the Stiles Moose!
With much onscreen laughter and offscreen sobbing, more than 80 seniors attended a virtual senior celebration on April 28, 2020 featuring toasts, superlatives, awards, and an amazing slideshow. Moose love forever, Stiles 2020!
Dean P Celebration
The Herd showed up to the house to celebrate Dean P and her family as she approached her last weeks as Dean of Ezra Stiles College (sigh). Highlights included a ton of genuine Sri Lankan food, a slideshow, and a custom-made YDN front page full of (mostly real) stories from Dean P’s time as a Yale student and her and her family’s time in Stiles. Bonus fun: Spontaneous raucous cheering for members of the victorious innertube water polo team as they arrived, wet hair and all, at the event!
Innertube Water Polo Champions!
Led by a determined group of seniors, the Stiles Innertube Water Polo team won the championship in overtime in front of dozens of cheering Stilesians! Congratulations!
Dean P’s Star Wars-themed Fun Brunch
Dean P’s Star Wars-obsessed children had never seen a Star Wars movie, so it just made sense for her to host a Star Wars-themed Fun Brunch in the dining hall featuring Star Wars: A New Hope. Darth was unable to lure our moose to the Dark Side (i.e., Morse).
Stiles Film Festival
Stiles’s 5th Film Festival was celebrated this past Friday by the moose, their friends, and a very special corgi named Coco. Congratulations to all the Golden Moose winners!
Students planted succulents, painted pet rocks, and played beautiful music during our annual Arts Week.
Stiles made dumplings to kick off the Year of the Rat!
Stilesians and their guests enjoyed a great contra dance in the dining hall!
Before leaving for winter break, Stiles students celebrated the end of the year with a variety of activities, including a tree decorating party in the Head of College House and a cheese tasting study break!
The Graduate Club of New Haven was filled with glamorous Stilesians in a night filled with jazz, a DJ, good food, and even better friends.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Ezra Stiles!
Stilesians took a break from studying for midterms to participate in our annual pumpkin-carving competition and enjoy donuts (and pumpkin guts!) with their friends.
Apple Picking Trip
Two busloads of Stilesians enjoyed treats and cider at Lyman Orchards, gathering apples to bake pies in the student kitchen!
New Haven Road Race
On Labor Day, a whole herd of Stilesians ran through the streets of the Elm City together, finishing the 5k race wearing smiles on their faces, and tall black and yellow socks on their feet!
First-year moose enjoyed a beautiful meal while Head Pitti explained the history and traditions of Ezra Stiles College.
Welcome BBQ 2019
Ezra Stiles kicked off the year with a barbeque introducing the first-years to the college and the upper-level students.
Ezra Stiles sophomores, juniors, and seniors welcomed the newest members of the colleges - 111 first-year students - on August 22nd as they moved into Stiles’s residences on Old Campus, Lawrance Hall. We are so excited for them to start classes and beign their college careers!
On May 20th, 115 Stiles seniors recieved their Yale diplomas from Head Pitti and Dean P in the Stiles courtyard with hundreds of family and friends cheering them on. We will miss the Class of 2019, but they will be always be cherished members of The Herd!
Video of Courtyard Commencement Ceremony Part I
Video of Courtyard Commencement Ceremony Part II
Senior Week Sidewalk Cafe 2019 - Moose Mischief Managed
For this Stiles Senior Week tradition, the Courtyard was transformed into scenes out of the world of Harry Potter. Our Seniors were feted with live thematic music, refreshments in the colors of the four Hogwarts houses, a feast worthy of the wizarding world, and many other magical touches.
The residents of Morse College were surprised to find that their banners spelling out their college’s name had been upgraded Wednesday. Looks like Ezra Stiles is gaining new annex housing!
Medieval (K)night 2019
Stilesians from all corners of campus came together to don Viking helmets, wield their shields, and brave the elements to raid Silliman, Old Campus, and Bass Library! A royal feast with festive theatrical accompaniment awaited the conquering heroes. The youngest moose warriors were also formally inducted into the Order of the Moose.
Stiles Celebrates Achievements
The weekend of April 6-8th Stiles first-years won the First-Year Olympics, and a Stiles-Trumbull team of chefs won third place in the Yale Final Cut undergraduate cooking competition. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Every Sunday evening, the Dining Hall is open to Stilesians only for Family Night. This past weekend we celebrated Pub Night with typical British fare, music, and merriment!
Celebrating Arts Week
Over the course of a week, Stiles students performed music, showed off their dance moves, and expressed their inner artists. Some notable events pictured below are the coffee-house open-mic night, the Ezra Stiles Film Fest, and Classical Brunch.
The dining hall was converted into a Superbowl watch party on Sunday, February 3rd. Rams and Patriots fans alike enjoyed the Snackstadium and shared good food with good company.
Stiles students celebrated the end of the year with hearty carols, festive study breaks, and good cheer as they hunkered down to study for their fall semester finals.
Ezra Gala 2018
The night was partied away in a festive evening of dancing, good food, and good friends at the Graduate Club.
Students piled into busses and explored Connecticut’s apple orchards, chomping on and picking apples, in a quintessential New England fall activity.
The college celebrated the end of summer with a smore’s-roasting bonfire, taking advantage of the last, few warm evenings before fall sets in.
Big-Little Sib Cookout 2018
The first-year students took advantage of Stiles’s green, grassy courtyard and got to meet some of their fellow Stilesians over juicy burgers and sweet, summer corn.
First-Year Reception 2018
After move-in, Head Pitti’s house was opened up to the families of the newest members of the Moose Herd.
First-Year Move-In 2018
It was a hot, exciting day as the newest members of Ezra Stiles moved into their dorms and met their new roommates for the first time! Older Stiles students joined in on the fun, helping carry first-year’s things into their dorms.
On May 21st, 115 Stiles seniors recieved their Yale diplomas in the college courtyard surrounded by family and friends. While we are sad to see them go, we know they are off to do great things. Forever part of the Herd!
Senior Week Sidewalk Cafe 2018, Paris!
For this Stiles Senior Week tradition, the Common Room was transformed into a Paris bistro and our Seniors enjoyed a fun evening of authentic French crepes, wine, and music in the company of classmates.
Sushi Study Break 2018
The Sushi Study Break featuring more sushi than any moose could possibly dream of, kicked off a week of study breaks to keep Stilesians happy and healthy during exams.
Class of 2018 Senior Dinner
On May 2nd we celebrated our graduating seniors with a reception and dinner in their honor. The night featured speeches by Head of College Pitti and Dean Parndigamage, toasts by seniors, an ceremony for annual college awards, and a slideshow from the past four years.
Courtyard Easter Egg Hunt 2018
On April 1st clever moose searched the college courtyard where hundreds of eggs full of chocolate, jelly beans, and a few April Fools jokes had been hidden.
The Ezra Stiles Film Festival 2018
This February, thanks to several dedicated students and our incredible college staff, the Ezra Stiles Film Festival was brought back better than ever. The festival featured films by our talented Stilesians, as well as those by students in other residential colleges. Golden Moose trophies were awarded by an esteemed panel of judges, and everyone who attended went home with a swag bag far better than those given out at Hollywood award ceremonies.
Arts Week 2018
Every year, the Ezra Stiles Arts Week Committee puts together a fabulous week of opportunities for Stilesians to explore their creative sides. This year featured a special student showcase in the Stiles Art Gallery, houseplant party, dance showcase, pet rock rumble, V-day card workshop, and more!
Cookie Decorating with the Dean 2017
One of the many annual study breaks hosted in Stiles during finals period is cookie decorating with Dean P. Hundreds of cookies, tens of frosting colors, and millions of sprinkles make for a fun and sweet reprieve from hours in the library.
Tree Decorating 2017
On Sunday the 10th of December, students joined Head Pitti’s family in the Head of College house to help decorate their Christmas tree, eat Christmas cookies, and drink hot cocoa.
Midnight Breakfast 2017
Pumpkin Carving 2017
Right before Halloween, Ezra Stiles students gathered in the dining hall to carve pumpkins and compete to win movie tickets and moose swag!
Medieval (K)night 2017
Stilesians from all corners of campus came together to don Viking helmets, wield their shields, and fearlessly raid the lesser colleges of Morse, Franklin, and Murray! Ezra Stiles is, without a doubt, the greatest college of them all. And anyone who says otherwise shall have to answer to the Order of the Moose when when next we hunger for a raid…
Ezra Gala 2017
Sweet crepes, good music, twinkling lights, and the best company made this year’s Ezra Gala in the Stiles courtyard a magical event.
Annual Apple Picking Trip 2017
Every year two buses of moose head to Lyman Orchards to pick apples, eat apple cider donuts, and celebrate the beginning of fall.
Graduating seniors showing Stiles pride in the rain at this year’s Old Campus Commencement ceremony.
Senior Week 2017
Staff getting ready to celebrate our seniors at our annual Senior week courtyard event. This year’s theme: Havana!
Medieval Knight 2017
Stilesians from all corners of campus came together to don Viking helmets, wield their shields, and fearlessly raid the lesser colleges of Davenport, Pierson, Branford, and Saybrook! Ezra Stiles is, without a doubt, the greatest college of them all. And anyone who says otherwise shall have to answer to the Order of the Moose when when next we hunger for a raid….
Our massive schedule of events included our first ever paint night and our annual open mic/coffeehouse.
Ezra Gala 2016
SAC transformed the best dining hall on campus into the classiest dance on campus.