Service Awards

Staff Service Awards

The 2024 Staff Services Awards will be in person on Thursday, February 15!

About UC Berkeley Staff Service Awards

The time you dedicate to your career at UC Berkeley is important and should be celebrated! Each year UC Berkeley People & Culture hosts the Staff Service Awards to celebrate staff who have reached a milestone anniversary as part of our UC Berkeley campus community. We are so thankful for all of the amazing work that you do on campus and want to show you our appreciation; your work does not go unnoticed!

The Service Award celebrations take place each year on the second Wednesday in February. At the event, we celebrate and acknowledge UC Berkeley staff who have achieved a milestone anniversary from their most recent hire date. Remarks of appreciation are delivered by campus leadership, and staff receive a service pin as a small token of our gratitude for their incredible impact on UC Berkeley campus.

Staff Service Awards Event Information

The Staff Service Awards will be held in person on Thursday, February 15, 2024. This year's event will recognize staff who reached a milestone year of service from their most recent UC Berkeley hire date in 2023. Staff will be able to pick up their service pin at this event at I-House. 

This year, we will be acknowledging staff hired in: 

  • 2018 for 5 years of service, 
  • 2013 for 10 years of service, 
  • 2008 for 15 years of service, 
  • 2003 for 20 years of service, 
  • 1998 for 25 years of service,
  • 1993 for 30 years of service, 
  • 1988 for 35 years of service, 
  • 1983 for 40 years of service,
  • 1978 for 45 years of service,
  • and even 1973, 1968, and 1963 for 50, 55, and 60 years of service!

At this special celebration Chancellor Carol Christ, AVC-Human Resources/Chief People & Culture Officer Eugene Whitlock, and Vice Provost for Faculty Dr. Victoria Plaut will join us in acknowledging your commitment to excellence and thank you for all you do for the University!

Determining Your Milestone Anniversary

In an effort to simplify and standardize this event, we have adjusted our method of calculating your milestone anniversary. Beginning in 2019, your milestone is determined solely based on your most recent hire date to UC Berkeley listed in UC Path.

For example, if you were hired between January 1 and December 31 of 2018, you would celebrate your 5-year milestone anniversary in February 2024, your 10-year in February 2029, etc. (Because you reached your milestone anniversary in 2023, you are celebrated with all staff hired in your given year in February 2024).

Please note:

  • Your most recent hire date at UC Berkeley is the only date used to determine if you are invited to this UC Berkeley campus community celebration. We do not include years of service at other UCs.


Q: Who is invited to this event?

A: Staff invited to the February event have achieved a milestone anniversary between January 1 and December 31 of the previous calendar year. For example, the 2024 Service Awards will celebrate staff who achieved a milestone anniversary between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023. Therefore, all staff who were hired in 2018 will be invited to the event to celebrate their 5-year milestone anniversary.

Q: How can I verify when I was hired at UC Berkeley? 

A: Log into your UCPath portal. At the top left corner of your portal (below your Primary Title and Employee ID) you will see your “Service Date.” This is the hire date used to determine your milestone anniversaries. 

Q: When will I receive my invitation for the Service Awards?

A: Invitations for the annual event in February will be sent out in early January, one month before the event. In the interim, save the date for Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

Q: In previous years, staff received a glass paperweight showing their years of service. Will I still receive this gift? 

A: We have discontinued distribution of the paperweights and have replaced them with a pin designed to share the milestone you are celebrating. As you continue to add to your years of service, we hope you can build your collection of Service Awards pins!

Q: I worked at UC Berkeley for 10 years, and then left to work elsewhere. I then returned to UC Berkeley and have been here for 5 years. Will my previous 10 years of service carry over when calculating my milestone anniversary? 

A: No. For this event, we determine your milestone anniversary based on your most recent hire date. In this case, you would be invited to celebrate your 5-year milestone anniversary.

Q: I was never acknowledged for my 5 years of service. Why is this? 

A: Starting in 2019, we added the 5-year milestone celebration to our program. This adjustment was made in an effort to express our appreciation to as many staff as possible, and we think that 5 years of service deserves to be acknowledged!

Service Awards Pins: