We truly rely on Commencement volunteers to ensure the day’s event runs smoothly and the atmosphere is enjoyable for our graduates and their guests.
Volunteering, whether you’re a member of the Binghamton University family, a local community member or an alum, is a great way to show your support for our graduates’ achievements and to share in the celebration.
We provide free parking, refreshments and a thank you gift to volunteers.
We are looking for people to serve in the following roles:
- Greeter - Meet guests as they enter the Events Center, address ticket issues if they arise. Assignments may include monitoring a guest list and escorting VIP guests to reserved seating.
Guest usher - Answer general questions (restrooms, refreshments, etc.); direct guests to available seats.
- Faculty services - Help participating faculty locate rented regalia, straighten hoods, manage check-in procedures and line up faculty for the processional. You will have guidance and assistance from a Physical Facilities representative.
- Lost and found/Lost child - Staff the lost and found/lost child booth on the concourse level. Serve as a point of contact between University Police, parent and child should a child become separated from his/her parent. One position available per shift.
Program distribution - Distribute event programs to guests as they enter the Events Center. Prior to ceremony, distribute programs on graduating-student chairs on event level.
- Disability services - Help guests with physical limitations and/or disabilities. This assignment includes: providing a wheelchair escort to guest seating, directing guests to the elevator, setting up chairs on the concourse for disabled guests, assisting guests off the shuttle bus, and assisting Parking Services staff in the drop off zone in front of the Events Center.
- Student services - This role is a two-part task: student check-in and student usher.
- Student check-in: distribute name cards to undergraduate students as they arrive for the ceremony; assist with straightening caps, gowns and stoles; and corral graduating students in the check-in area behind the stage.
- Student usher: guide graduates into ceremony seating, direct marshals to seating and flag placement and manage the division between guests and graduates.
- Volunteer management - Serve as the first point of contact for volunteers as they arrive for a shift. This assignment includes managing check-in/check-out, alerting volunteer team leaders to no shows and positions that need to be filled, and using a two-way radio. If assigned to this role, you may be asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to shift start time or to remain 30 minutes after a shift end time.