Faculty Involvement in Commencement

In December 2016 UTC will host two commencement ceremonies:

  • The Graduate School, including all masters, specialists, and doctoral degree candidates, will graduate on Friday December 16 at 2 pm in McKenzie Arena.
  • Undergraduates for all colleges will graduate on Saturday December 17 at 9 am in McKenzie Arena.

All faculty are encouraged to attend both ceremonies to celebrate the achievements of UTC students. To make the ceremonies run smoothly, faculty are also encouraged to volunteer as a marshal at these ceremonies.

All faculty attending commencement are expected to provide their full academic regalia and wear it during the ceremony. Faculty who are attending the ceremony, but are not marshaling, should lineup in the McKenzie Arena’s Dance Studio 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Faculty will lead the procession into McKenzie Arena and will sit together.

Volunteering as a Faculty Marshal 

Marshaling is a great way to be involved with commencement. Your responsibilities as a marshal include showing up one hour before the ceremony to help lineup students for the procession, leading students into the arena during the procession, performing a small task during the ceremony (like directing students to the stage), and leading students out of the arena at the conclusion of the ceremony.

In return for your service you get a $10 Starbucks gift card for each day that you marshall, a free lunch at the marshal orientation meeting, and you get to list marshaling as service on your EDO and CV. Marshals are also provided parking in a lot near McKenzie Arena.

An orientation for marshals will be held on Thursday, December 15 (full details to be announced). Lunch will be provided. Attendance is encouraged.

Questions about marshaling should be directed to Charlene Simmons, Head Marshal, at Charlene-Simmons@utc.edu.