(April 15, 2014) --Commencement is the culmination of a student's hard work and dedication -- an important time in the their lives. In order to make this joyous event run like clockwork, Graduation Coordination within the UTSA Office of the Registrar needs volunteers to assist behind the scenes with all three commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11. More than 70 volunteers are needed for each ceremony.
>> Volunteers are needed at the Alamodome to help check in graduates before the ceremonies. The volunteers will provide directions, check in graduates and assist with the line-up for the processional. There will be a short orientation session to the process for first-time volunteers. Parking at the Alamodome will be provided at no cost to volunteers.
"Commencement is one of the most important functions we participate in as an office. It would be great to have even more volunteers from the university community," said Joe DeCristoforo, UTSA associate vice president and registrar. "A combined effort between the Special Events Center and Office of the Registrar, Commencement is a symbol of success at UTSA. Share in the excitement with your presence. Show your contribution to student success by becoming a commencement volunteer today."
"It is exciting to watch the graduates walk. That's the whole reason I do it," said longtime volunteer Chris Villarreal, student information system security manager.
"Graduation really is a wonderful milestone for our students. It symbolizes the end of one chapter and the beginning of another," said Amy Ramirez, academic adviser in the College of Business. "The excitement and anticipation can truly be felt by everyone."
The volunteer times are as follows:
Saturday, May 10
10 a.m. ceremony -- College of Education and Human Development, College of Sciences
Volunteer time: 7:30-10 a.m.
4 p.m. ceremony -- College of Architecture, College of Business, College of Public Policy
Volunteer time: 1:30-4 p.m.
Sunday, May 11
2 p.m. ceremony – College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, University College
Volunteer time: 12:30-2 p.m.
>> Register online for a time slot. Check with your supervisor before volunteering.
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