Volunteer at Commencement

If you are interested in volunteering at Commencement please sign up online.

Volunteering Opportunities

Commencement cannot happen without a team of dedicated volunteers. As we celebrate the 160th Annual Commencement on the morning of June 22, 2018, we are looking for additional Northwestern-affiliated volunteers (students, staff, faculty) to assist in a number of important roles:

Hospitality Staff

  • Provide hospitality items and information to guests along with assistance in special seating areas.

Bus Stop Hosts

  • Help with passenger loading and line management at Commencement shuttle stops.

Photo Spot Attendants

  • Assist with traffic flow and help to take photographs for graduates and families at Gate N and Gate S

Stroller Drop-Off Attendants

  • Assist families in dropping off and picking up strollers at Gate Q. We are not responsible for strollers, just assisting on where to park them.

Gate Rovers

  • Help guest as they arrive to the stadium queue up to the gate closest to their assigned section

Directing to new staging areas

  • Help faculty, students, and VIPs navigate the areas around the now closed Welsh-Ryan Arena Lobby to the robing areas

If you are interested in volunteering at Commencement please sign up online.

Volunteer Training

All volunteers are asked to make an effort to attend a volunteer training session in the morning on Monday, June 12th. Volunteers will be emailed about volunteer training closer to date of Commencement.

Tentative Volunteer Schedule

Time Action
6:45 a.m. Take shuttle from Sheridan and Emerson to Ryan Field
7:00 a.m. Breakfast is provided
7:30 a.m. Volunteers report to their posts
8:00 a.m. Gates open at Ryan Field
9:30 a.m. Processional of Graduates begins
11:30 a.m. Commencement ceremony ends