Volunteer Information

Dear Emory Staff Members,

I write today to invite you to take part in Emory's rich history of service to the graduating class and to their families and guests at Commencement.

Commencement is Emory's day. Each year, staff members from every corner of the campus offer to help at one or more of the events. Even if your daily job duties rarely intersect with campus life 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. We need volunteers this year more than ever before and we hope that you will join us!

There are opportunities to volunteer beginning on Wednesday May 4, with the annual "Chair Rodeo" where the 14,000 chairs on the Quadrangle are set up in perfect rows and zip-tied together for safety.

The Emory University Commencement Ceremony on the Quadrangle, when we welcome thousands of guests and salute the Class of 2022, is on Monday, May 9 at 8:30 a.m. On Commencement day, volunteer assignments are focused on ensuring the safety and comfort of our guests—many stepping foot on our campus for the first time. Ambassadors stand out in the crowd with their iconic straw Emory hats to answer questions, calm late students running across campus, and to ensure that everyone is in the right place. Ushers assist in the general and special seating areas. Program table and beverage distribution volunteers make sure that everyone has what they need to stay informed and hydrated.

There's a job for everyone, and we need you to step forward and volunteer. Talk to your supervisor about giving a small amount of your time to this important endeavor and set your alarm clocks a bit earlier (you'll be glad to miss the traffic anyway!) and join the tradition.

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With deep gratitude for your consideration,

Suzanne Eden-Antola
Office of University Events