Campus News

April 8, 2011

Take Note

Volunteer for Commencement

The Office of University Events has issued its annual call for volunteers to help prepare for Emory’s 166th Commencement on Monday, May 9.

Volunteer opportunities start Wednesday, May 4, with the annual "Chair Rodeo" where volunteers set up 15,000 chairs on the Quadrangle.

Throughout the weekend before the graduation event, volunteers are needed for a variety of activities related to the Baccalaureate Service and behind-the-scenes preparations for the Monday ceremony.

When the thousands of guests join the graduating students, volunteers help ensure their safety and comfort.

Volunteer ambassadors answer questions and ensure that everyone is where they should be.

Ushers assist in the general and special-needs seating areas.         

There are also opportunities to help at the information booth, program table and Coca-Cola distribution.

Training sessions will be Wednesday, May 4 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, May 5 at 9 a.m.

Major changes to the pedestrian traffic plan for the Quadrangle make a training session for even longtime volunteers a priority, says Michael Kloss, executive director of university events.

More than 250 staff members volunteer each year. “In this 175th year of Emory's history we are looking to set volunteer records,” says Kloss.

Register to volunteer or contact the Office of University Events for more information.

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