By Angelica Arroyo
Graduate services asked for 15 to 20 volunteers for the Spring Commencement on Friday, May 11.
Volunteers will help escort guests to their seats, as well as help control traffic before and after the ceremony. Two volunteers would be put in each the Michigan and Wabash lobbies. Also, two others would be put between the walkthrough area of the Auditorium Building to help direct attendees where to go.
There will be two orientation days on May 7 and May 8 for volunteers to get more information on what is needed to be done on graduation day. It gives volunteers insight on what to expect before and after the ceremonies.
Thousands of people will pack into the Auditorium Theatre for the graduation ceremonies, so volunteers play a vital role in making sure the ceremonies start on time.
“…A lot of the volunteers will be working with the accessible group,” said Sarah Willis, assistant registrar of graduate services.
Volunteers are given the choice of working the morning or afternoon ceremonies. For the morning ceremony, the helpers must arrive at 8 a.m. to seat guests by 8:30 a.m. If volunteers want to help during the afternoon ceremony, then they must arrive by 12 p.m. to help seat guests at 12:30 p.m.
“We have a lot of alumni that come back and there’s a volunteer position for them. They more or less just like the experience of being able to interact with the students and the graduates,” Willis said.
Willis said volunteers will not need tickets to attend the ceremonies. “They just have to wear a name tag, so that’s one way they can see all the speeches and speakers,” Willis said.
To volunteer or to get more information, students can email the associate director of academic services Danielle Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Willis said that students who want to help out on in the lobby area can email her at email@example.com.