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Volunteering

Thank you for considering being a Commencement Weekend volunteer! Your help is very appreciated. This special weekend would not happen without our volunteers! When you help to make graduation weekend special for our students & families, you may enjoy the following in return:

  • Paid day off to use by 12/31/17 for volunteering at Commencement or Convocation
  • Free continental breakfast for Commencement volunteers
  • Free continental breakfast for Convocation volunteers
  • Chance to win grand prize drawings
  • Thank you gift for each event
  • Invitation to Thank You Reception with the president
  • Chances to win door prizes at the Thank You Reception
  • Share your Cornell pride with our graduates and their families
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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers are needed for the University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, as well as two big events the day before, and faculty regalia distribution during the work week. We have a variety of roles to fill at various events, days and locations. We have opportunities for everyone, whether you prefer to be indoors or out, or to walk, stand or sit. We're happy to help you find an enjoyable assignment best suited to you.

    We've also posted a helpful Volunteer Opportunities chart of ways to help at the following events:

    • University Commencement - graduation for all colleges & degrees
      Sunday, May 28 - Schoellkopf Stadium
      Time commitment: 7:30am-1:00pm
      Training
    • Senior Convocation - senior class event with guest speaker
      Saturday, May 27 - Schoellkopf Stadium
      Time commitment: 8:00am-2:00pm
      Training
    • PhD Hooding Ceremony - ceremony for all PhD candidates
      Saturday, May 27 - Barton Hall
      Time commitment: 3:00pm-7:00pm
      Training
    • Faculty Regalia - distribute/collect faculty regalia
      Weds-Sun, May 24-28 - Teagle Hall, Multipurpose Room
      Time commitment: 3.5-hour shifts
      Training

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    Training for Volunteers

    • Senior Convocation Volunteers
      Wednesday, May 24, 2017
      1:30-2:30pm, Statler Auditorium - ALL Convo. volunteers
      Receive parking permit and other info.
    • Commencement Ceremony Volunteers
      Wednesday, May 24, 2017
      2:15-2:45pm, Statler Hall, Rm 196 - ONLY first-time Comm. volunteers
      3:00-4:00pm, Statler Hall, Auditorium - ALL Comm. volunteers
      Receive parking permit & usher brochure, meet with your group leader.
    • PhD Hooding Ceremony
      Saturday, May 27, 2017
      3:00pm, Barton Hall
      Training meeting & info booklet at event.
    • Faculty Regalia
      Training via email & in-person guidance.

    Thank You Reception

    Volunteers are invited to a Thank You Reception with the president.
    Monday, June 5, 2017
    12:00pm-1:00pm, lunch provided
    Willard Straight Hall, Memorial Room
    Grand prize winners announced, do not need to be present to win.
    Several door prizes & giveaways for those who are present.

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    Contact Information

    Commencement Office
    B13 Day Hall
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY 14853
    (607) 255-9541
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