Thank you to the many faculty and staff who volunteer each year to usher on Commencement day, a celebration of student accomplishment and an occasion in which every member of the Buffalo State community takes great pride.
So that the day runs smoothly and to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for our graduates and guests, MANY volunteers are needed to usher guests into the arena, assist with handicapped seating, assist with the graduate lineup and processional, assist in the Robing Room, distribute programs, take tickets, etc. Your participation as a volunteer in one or more ceremonies is critical to this success and most appreciated!
Volunteers Register 2013
Online registration for VOLUNTEER USHERS is now open. Register here until Friday, May 10.
Please e-mail the Events Management Office with any questions about Commencement volunteering. Thank you.
A rehearsal for volunteers is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 3:00--4:00 p.m. in the Sports Arena. The volunteer's role on Commencement day is to assist graduates and their guests. Specific instructions and assignments will be given during the rehearsal.
Link to the rehearsal schedule.
Thank you for dressing with decorum and adhering to the following dress code.
Dress Pants, Dress Shirts, Dress Shoes*
Coat and tie are appropriate, though not necessary.
Jeans are inappropriate.
Dresses, Dress Pants, Dress Shirts, Dress Shoes*
Formal pant suits or business suits are appropriate, though not necessary.
No tank tops, spaghetti straps, or halter tops. Jeans are inappropriate.
*Shoes should be comfortable, however, no sneakers, sandals, or open-toed casual shoes.
Volunteer ushers and graduate lineup ushers please report for ceremonies at the following times on Commencement day:
10 a.m. Bachelor's morning ceremony
Report no later than 8:30 a.m.
(doors for guests open at 9 a.m.)
2 p.m. Bachelor's afternoon ceremony
Report no later than 12:30 p.m.
(doors for guests open at 1 p.m.)
6 p.m. Master's/C.A.S. ceremony
Report no later than 4:30 p.m.
(doors open for guests at 5 p.m.)
Instructions for all ceremonies on Commencement day
Reporting location is TBA. Be sure to sign in and pick up your name tag and arena map at the volunteer registration table.
Light hospitality will be available throughout the day for your convenience.