2018 UND Spring Commencement Ceremonies
University of North Dakota Ceremonies & University Events

2018 Spring Graduate Degree Ceremony

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Alerus Center
9:00 a.m.

Thank you for signing up to assist at graduation this spring.  Here are a few details about commencement day -

  • Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Alerus Center
  • Event Ambassadors are asked to report by 7:30 a.m. and check-in with Jill outside the Oriole Room.
  • You will be wearing UND vests to identify you as staff. Please wear dark pants and white shirts and comfortable shoes.  Wear your UND nametag also.
  • Once the ceremony is underway, you are free to leave unless you have a role later in the morning. The exception is the 4 assistants needed at the end of the ceremony.
  • More details about your role will be e-mailed after May 1.
Date: 05/12/2018 (Sat.)

Time: 7:30am - 9:15am CDT

Location: Alerus Center

Created by:  Dawn Botsford
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Staff & Marshal Check In (3)

Check in staff and marshals; assist in locating marshal gowns and assistant's vests; pin carnation to gowns and vests, answer questions about commencement

All slots filled
  Jill Novotny
  Karina Knutson
  Teri Salwey
Education & Human Development

Distribute programs at the door of the ballroom

Hand out programs to graduates and direct them to the graduate school staff to pick up their announcement cards. Be prepared to answer questions about the ceremony and the Alerus Center.

  Jan Flatin

Announcement Cards in Line-Up Room (2)

Assist graduate school is distributing cards; and/or walk through the line-up room to make sure masters hoods are on correctly

All slots filled
  Angelique Foster
  Cindy Juntunen

Announcement cards in the Line-Up Room (Ballroom) (3)

Assist School of Graduate Studies in distributing cards and walk through the line-up room to make sure master's hoods are on correctly.


Line up Room Supervisors (2)

Make announcements and help line up students

All slots filled
  Cassie Gerhardt
  Karina Knutson

Door #1 greeters and traffic directors (2)

Direct guests to arena floor. No one enters the arena through the second level.

All slots filled
  Ashley Evenson
  Connie Hodgson

Door #5 & #6 greeter and traffic directors (4)

Direct graduates to the ballroom for line-up. Guests are directed to the arena floor. Guests pick up programs in the arena.

All slots filled
  Emily Evers
Physician Assistant Studies
  Alyson White
  Tanya Butler
Arts & Sciences
  Megan Thomas

Special Seating

Hand out programs and assist guests with special seating requirements. If chairs need to be moved or removed, work with the Alerus Center staff to make that happen.

  Jessica Cadreau

Usher marshals in the arena (2)

Hand out programs to guests. Help locate empty seats when the arena becomes full.

1 of 2 slots filled
  Jared Schlenker

Platform Group Assistant

Assist platform members with their regalia so hoods are on correctly. Assist student marshals with lining up group.

  Shannon Mikkula

Faculty Assistant

Assist faculty with regalia making sure hoods are on correctly. Direct faculty to line-up room at 8:30 a.m.

  Shannon Mikula

On-Stage Directors (2)

Stand on stage during the conferring of degrees to move graduates across the stage at the direction of the production staff.

All slots filled
  Cassie Gerhardt
  Karina Knutson

International/Tribal Flag Procession Manager

Direct International/Tribal flag procession at the Alerus Center. Set time and manage rehearsal prior to the doors opening at 8 a.m. Direct the flag procession beginning at 9:00 a.m.

  Courtney Souvannasacd

Assist Bookstore with rental regalia return (4)

NOTE: This assignment begins at 10 a.m. and ends when all the rental gowns have been returned to the Bookstore. You will be working in the Alerus Center Ballroom.

3 of 4 slots filled
  Shannon Mikula
  Taylor Hanson
  Megan Thomas

Distribute announcement Cards in Line-Up Room (Ballroom) (3)

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