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Contributed by Suzanne Smith on 02/21/2014
We Need Your Help!
On Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, 2014, Ithaca College will hold its 119th Commencement Weekend activities. To ensure a smooth Commencement Ceremony and a positive experience for our graduates and their families and friends, we need your assistance. There are many important roles to fill Commencement Weekend, which are described below.
Most Commencement Day staff will be asked to arrive on campus on Sunday, May 18 at 6:30 am for a pre-event briefing (a light continental breakfast will be provided). Most staff will be asked to stay until one hour after the close of the Commencement Ceremony (approximately 12:30 – 1:00 pm). Staff may join the graduates at the academic receptions for light lunch fare.
Non-exempt/hourly employees who assist in this event will be paid time and a half based on a 37.5 hr. work week. Exempt/salaried employees are eligible for comp time with supervisor approval. Your help is very much needed and appreciated!
We would really appreciate your assistance and encourage you to participate in this important weekend of activities. Please let us know of your interest by completing and returning the “staffing” form by Friday, March 14. To download and print the form, please click here: commencement staffing form.
You will be assigned to roles based on your availability and our need. You will be contacted by Friday, April 11th via email to confirm your assignment and to let you know of any additional information and training meetings.
The following roles are available:
Saturday, May 17
Commencement Eve Concert Ushers – The Ushers will assist families and guests in finding seating, distributing programs, answering questions and ensuring the safety of our guests at the Commencement Eve Concert. Concert ushers are expected to arrive at the A&E Center no later than 7:15 pm and stay through the close of the Concert at 9:45 pm.
Sunday, May 18
Commencement Day Field Attendants – The Field Attendants are responsible for helping our graduates and faculty find their seats in the appropriate areas on the stadium field.
Commencement Day Stadium Ushers – Stadium ushers are responsible for all guest activities in the stadium including making our students’ families feel welcome, program distribution, guest seating, responding to questions and providing directions.
Thank you for your interest in providing a positive and welcoming experience for our students and their guests at this very important close to their time at Ithaca College.
On behalf of the entire Commencement Committee,
David Prunty and Doreen Hettich-Atkins, co-chairs