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Seeking Undergraduate Commencement Volunteers

Share the joy of 5,500 graduating seniors with their 22,000 guests as they leave their UMass Amherst student days and launch their newly minted alumni lives. To ensure smooth sailing on their departure date, Friday, May 9, we need your help as an usher, aide, marshal or golf cart driver for the success of this important event.

  • Marshals Staff and Community Members
    Organize graduates by school or college for the student processional into the stadium, escort them onto the field, and serve as field monitors.
    Volunteer arrival time:   3:30 p.m.
  • Aides — Staff, Students and Community Members 
    Welcome guests as they enter the stadium, distribute programs, provide directions and direct guests to their seats.  
    Volunteer arrival time:  2:30 p.m.
  • Ushers — Staff, Students and Community Members
    Greet guests in the stands and help them with seating, directions, and program information.
    Volunteer arrival time2:30 p.m.
  • Golf Cart Drivers — Staff and Community Members
    Transport guests with limited mobility from handicapped parking areas to the stadium in a golf cart assigned to you for the evening.
    Volunteer arrival time:  2:30 p.m.

You’ll see degrees conferred, flags unfurled, and mortarboards tossed into the air.  In appreciation for your service to the University, you will receive a commemorative shirt, lunch, and an opportunity to enter a drawing for our thank you gifts.

Seeking Undergraduate Commencement VolunteersVolunteer Orientation and Rehearsal
Thursday, May 8

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
McGuirk Alumni Stadium

Ushers and Aides
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
McGuirk Alumni Stadium

Golf Cart Drivers
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
McGuirk Alumni Stadium

Appreciation Lunch
Friday, May 9
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Berkshire Dining Commons

Commencement Day — All volunteer Ushers, Aides, and Golf Cart Drivers must report to McGuirk Stadium at 2:30 p.m.  Marshals must report to McGuirk Stadium at 3:30 p.m.

Interested? Call External Relations and University Events at 413-577-1101