Volunteer Information


Dear Emory Staff Members,

For most college graduates, Commencement is the greatest achievement of their lives thus far, and the proudest moment for their family and friends. As you may recall, Emory’s 2020 Commencement was virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, we are pleased to share that we will recognize the Class of 2020 with an in-person ceremony and the Class of 2021 with modified in-person Commencement ceremonies May 14-16 at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC). 

Commencement is a time for Emory staff members from every corner of the campus to volunteer to help recognize the important milestone that Commencement offers. Even if your daily responsibilities rarely intersect with student 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. 

This will be a Commencement like no other -- we need volunteers this year more than ever before and we hope that you will join us!

In addition to staff members at the GWCC, we will need approximately 100 Emory volunteers to help us adapt the traditional elements of the commencement experience to have a safe event marking the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 and 2021.

At the event, volunteer assignments will focus on greeting guests, answering questions, providing directions, ushering to locations, placing programs on chairs, etc.  Volunteer shift opportunities are available each day starting May 14. 

During this event, protecting your health and safety remains paramount. Health and safety protocols required by Emory and GWCC will be upheld at this event. Holding our Commencement ceremonies at the GWCC provides the space we need for graduates, guests and volunteers to remain safe. Other safety measures include physical distancing, face coverings, hygiene measures, and density restrictions. We also expect a large portion of attendees to be vaccinated by this mid-May event. To see a complete list of safety measures, visit the commencement safety and COVID-19 protocols webpage

It’s been a long year without face to face interaction and this is a great opportunity to come “see” your Emory colleagues and community in action, while making the day special our students and their families. Talk to your supervisor about giving a small amount of your time to this important endeavor and join a 181-year tradition.

Register today or contact us for more information.

With deep gratitude for your consideration,

Suzanne Eden-Antola