Three Emory employees wave at the photographer as they help set up chairs in the quad
An Emory employee carries a stack of chairs
An Emory employee smiles as she leans over a row of chairs she's setting up
Three Emory employees measure the distance between rows of chairs with a stick and make adjustments
Four Emory employees hold folding chairs high in the air as they work on setting them up
An Emory employee smiles as he grabs a folding chair from a stack
A sign on the quad reads "Commencement preparations in progress. Proceed with caution."
A wide angle photo shows all the chairs set up on the quad
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Photos: Chair Rodeo readies Quad for Commencement

May 10, 2018

On Monday, May 14, Emory's Quadrangle will be filled with thousands of students, faculty, family and friends celebrating the university's 173nd Commencement. But first, they will need a place to sit.

The annual Chair Rodeo, held this year on Wednesday, May 9, is a popular Emory tradition drawing employees from across the university to help set up chairs for the crowd of approximately 15,000 expected to attend Commencement. Volunteers gathered from 9 a.m. to noon to place the chairs in hundreds of precise rows and zip-tie them together to keep them in place.