We truly rely on Commencement volunteers to ensure the day’s events run smoothly and the atmosphere is enjoyable for our graduates and their guests.

Whether you’re a member of the Binghamton University family, a local community member or an alum, volunteering 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 pleased to introduce a new incentive program for volunteers who serve at multiple ceremonies!

Register to Volunteer!

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.
  • 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 check-in - 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 leader 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.