Dear Faculty and Staff,
This summer I had an opportunity to join the orientations for our incoming students. I shared with them that the only moment I love more than welcoming them to the start of their journey is the opportunity to celebrate with them at the culminating end — graduation. No matter what department you work in, we all play a part in helping students reach this amazing milestone. And if you know me, you know I love commencement, a precious moment where family, friends, chosen family, and the College community all stand together in shared celebration of a collective accomplishment well achieved.
Toward that end, I respectfully request that all faculty and staff members attend at least one commencement per academic year and consider a volunteer shift to help the event run smoothly. I know the days and times are not always convenient or during normal business hours, and conflicts and extenuating circumstances will arise. I simply ask that you make your best effort to attend.
Volunteer opportunities are open to faculty and staff, and you may sign up here to volunteer on Dec. 15; the ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Our commencements are typically very efficient, lasting about an hour and a half. Volunteers can expect a total time commitment of about four hours, and training will be provided in advance (in person or virtually). Supervisors will work with staff to ensure subsequent time off.
Please consider signing up to volunteer at the Dec. 15 ceremony. And thank you to all who have consistently attended and volunteered — you’ve helped students and their families make lasting memories!
If you have general questions or concerns, please reach out to me or Mimi Lee as associate dean for faculty and staff belonging and success. For specific volunteer and logistical questions, events coordinator Paula Canada can best help. We will also let you know as soon as the May 2024 commencement date is confirmed.
Thank you for being part of our community!