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Stanford Celebrates You virtual celebration to honor employees for their decades of service

In April, Stanford will honor 431 long-serving staff members who reached their 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, or 50 years of continuous or bridged service during the 2019 and 2020 calendar years. The eighth annual Stanford Celebrates You: Recognizing Staff Careers celebration will be held virtually for the first time this year.

With more than 13,222 years of combined service, the 2020 and 2021 honorees exemplify dedication, commitment and diligence, which has helped shape the university we know today. From helping to teach sign language to Koko the gorilla (Cathy Haas, 2020, 40-year honoree) to designing an interface on Stanford’s campus to network with NASA (Jeff Wade, 2021, 30-year honoree), the diverse backgrounds and passions of these staff have contributed to Stanford’s legacy.

“Although the last year has brought many challenges, we believe it is so important to pause, look back and acknowledge our staff members for their extraordinary accomplishments,” said Elizabeth Zacharias, Vice President for Human Resources. “We are so thankful that we have this opportunity to celebrate their contributions, which are a vital part of fulfilling Stanford’s mission.”

Join the virtual celebration

The webinar presentation will be on Thursday, April 8, at 3:00 pm. This year’s virtual event is hosted by long-time Stanford Celebrates You event emcee Victor Madrigal, Associate Director for the Stanford Alumni Association. The 20-minute celebration will showcase honorees by their service year milestone with a fun collage of images and feature special remarks from President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Provost Persis Drell and Elizabeth Zacharias.  

All staff are welcome to join the celebration. The webinar link will be posted on the Career Celebrations page on the Cardinal at Work website later this month. 

Congratulate our 2020 and 2021 honorees

All honorees were invited to create an honoree profile on the Cardinal at Work website, where you can now leave a congratulatory message. Please note that some honorees opted out of creating a profile.

Learn more about the Stanford Celebrates You virtual event, and our honorees by visiting