Volunteering for Commencement Ceremony

Graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Computer Science will graduate at 9:00 a.m., while graduates from the College of Business and the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies will graduate at 1:00 p.m. Both ceremonies will held May 7, 2016, in the UTC McKenzie Arena. Masters, specialist, and doctoral degree candidates from the UTC Graduate School will participate in the ceremony of their college of discipline.

Faculty members are invited to participate in either or both of these ceremonies. We also need marshals for each.  If you volunteer to marshal, you are not required to serve at both ceremonies – although we are certainly happy to have you do so.

Participating or Marshaling at Commencement 

To help us plan for faculty participation and marshal assignments, please complete and submit the form on this page. Specific requests for assignments will be accommodated on a first-come first-served basis, and every effort will be made to meet all requests. As a small token of appreciation, marshals will be provided with a Starbucks gift card at commencement. 

What are the Duties of a Commencement Marshal?

A commencement marshal is a faculty member who assists with the commencement ceremony. Duties of a marshal include lining up students according to their college, and then leading student lines to their seats on the floor of the McKenzie Arena at the beginning of the ceremony. Some marshals help direct the faculty and platform party — Deans of the colleges, the Provost, the Chancellor, and others — to their seats.

During the ceremony, marshals line up students according to their college, lead them to the stage, and help them return to their seats in an orderly fashion. At the end of the ceremony, marshals lead students out of the arena.

What Is the Time Commitment of Serving as a Commencement Marshal? 

Rehearsal/orientation for marshals will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016, at noon, in the arena. Lunch will be provided.

On Saturday of commencement, marshals should plan to arrive an hour before the ceremony in order to be at their posts 30 minutes before commencement begins. Marshals remain during the ceremony, and are dismissed at the end.  In all, marshals serve about 4-5 hours over the two days.

If you volunteer to serve at both commencement ceremonies, then a lunch will be provided between the ceremonies.

Parking is provided in nearby parking lots for marshals. In addition, faculty members are expected to provide their full academic regalia and wear it during the ceremony.

Questions? Email Jennifer-Faires@utc.edu