July 12th, 2022
Colleagues from across the university are invited to play a special part in this summer’s graduation ceremonies. Volunteers are needed to be part of the graduation platform party for each of our ceremonies. Staff at all levels and from all job families are encouraged to take part.
The time commitment required to be a member of the platform party is two hours in total. You arrive 45 minutes before the start time of the ceremony to the staff robing room – upstairs at David Ross Sports Village – where you will be robed by Ede and Ravenscroft. Around 20 minutes before the ceremony starts, you’ll be asked to form the academic procession which will be led down into the ceremony hall and marks the beginning of proceedings.
After an introduction by the Presiding Officer, students will be called to the stage to have their degrees conferred and you’ll be asked to applaud as the students cross the stage.
The ceremony generally lasts for an hour, after which the academic procession will leave the ceremony, returning to the robing room. Robes are collected back in and at that point you’re able to leave, unless you want to stay and circulate with graduates in the post-ceremony refreshment area.
This summer we are holding 26 graduation ceremonies for our Class of 2022, and 29 rescheduled ceremonies for our graduates from 2020 and 2021. This is an amazing time to celebrate the achievements of our graduates and staff and feedback from students tells us that they really value seeing staff who have been involved in their learning and broader student experience at their ceremonies.
And if you don’t want to be part of the platform party, there are steward volunteering roles available across all ceremonies, helping the graduates and their families and friends on the day of the ceremonies.
All rescheduled 2020 and 2021 ceremonies need volunteers to support them – see the ceremony schedules below.
Urgent support needed:
Further support needed:
Your support would be hugely appreciated – contact Liza Dacre-Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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