Service & Retirement Recognition Programs
About the Service Recognition Program
The Service Recognition Program honors employee service to the University of Delaware at five year intervals. Employees may select from a special gift collection and are invited to a celebratory event.
The University honors our recent retirees with a gift from the Retirement Collection and an invitation to the Service Recognition/Retirement Dinner. These events are hosted by the President's Office.
Service Recognition milestones are:
Service Recognition Gifts
Service and Retirement Recognition Events
Service Recognition Dates
|Years of Service||Service Dates Between||Event|
|5||7/1/2015 and 6/30/2016||TBA
|10||7/1/2010 and 6/30/2011|
|15||7/1/2005 and 6/30/2006|
|20||7/1/2000 and 6/30/2001||TBA|
|25||7/1/1995 and 6/30/1996|
|30||7/1/1990 and 6/30/1991|
|35||7/1/1985 and 6/30/1986|
|40||7/1/1980 and 6/30/1981|
|45||7/1/1975 and 6/30/1976|
|50||7/1/1970 and 6/30/1971|
|55||7/1/1965 and 6/30/1966|
|60||7/1/1960 and 6/30/1961|
|Retirees||Retirement Dates Between||Event
|5/1/2020 and 4/30/2021||TBA|
I just had my 5 year (10, 15, etc.) anniversary. Do I get to choose a Service Recognition gift right away?
No, the Service Recognition gifts are awarded once a year. You will choose your gift in the spring.
Does my time as a student or miscellaneous wage employee count?
No, since work as a student or miscellaneous wage employee is not considered benefits-eligible employment.
I took a sabbatical leave last year. How does this affect my Service Awards eligibility?
Sabbaticals are a recognized part of faculty positions. Employees on sabbatical leave are considered as on-going employees of the University and their benefits-eligible status is maintained. Therefore, sabbatical leave is not considered a break in service for the purpose of the Service Recognition.
I am a part-time employee hired 10 (15, 20, etc.) years ago. Am I eligible to receive a 10-year (15, 20, etc.) Service Recognition, or is my time prorated?
Service Recognition is designed to recognize total length of time as a benefits-eligible University of Delaware employee, regardless of full-time equivalency. Total amount of time in a benefits-eligible position should be calculated the same: based on actual years, whether part-time, full-time, or a combination during your years of service.
I joined the University fifteen years ago, but took a one-year leave of absence. Am I still eligible for my 15 year recognition this spring?
Unpaid leaves of absence do not count towards Service Recognition.