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Join a tradition of service as a Commencement volunteer

Emory Report | April 2, 2013

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Staff volunteers are key for Commencement. Emory Photo/Video.

Take part in Emory's rich history of service to the graduating class and to their families and guests at Commencement as a volunteer.

Each year, over 250 staff members from every corner of the campus offer to help at one or more of the events.  

There are opportunities for staff members to volunteer starting on Wednesday, May 8 with the annual "chair rodeo" to set up 14,000 chairs on the Quadrangle. Opportunities continue throughout the weekend with an additional “mini chair rodeo” at McDonough Field, the Baccalaureate Service on Sunday morning, May 12, and behind-the-scenes preparations for the big day on Monday, May 13 when Emory will welcome thousands of guests and salute the Class of 2013.  

On the day of Commencement May 13, volunteer assignments are focused on ensuring the safety and comfort of guests—many who are stepping foot on campus for the first time. Ambassadors wearing Emory hats stand out in the crowd to answer questions, calm late students running across campus, and ensure that everyone is in the right place. Ushers assist in the general and special-needs seating areas. Information booth, program table, and Coca-Cola distribution volunteers make sure that everyone has what they need to stay informed and hydrated.  

"There's a job for everyone, but we need you to step forward and volunteer," says Michael Kloss, executive director of the Office of University Events. "Talk to your supervisor about giving a small amount of your time to this important endeavor."  

"Even if your daily job duties rarely intersect with campus life or parent interactions, this is your chance to engage in the emotion and pageantry that surrounds Emory's Commencement exercises, and to make a difference in the lives of many," adds Kloss.  

Volunteer training will be offered on Wednesday, May 1 at 3 p.m. and again on Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. There is new information to share each year, so even long-time volunteers are requested to attend a training session, says Kloss.  

Register to volunteer or contact University Events for more information.