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:
- 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, and setting up chairs on the concourse for disabled guests.
- Faculty services - Help participating faculty locate 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 gather 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.