University of North Dakota Ceremonies & University Events

2018 Summer Graduation Ceremony

Friday, August 3, 2018
Chester Fritz Auditorium
3:00 p.m.

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

  • Ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium
  • Graduation Ceremony Assistants (GCAs) and Event Ambassadors are asked to report by 1:30 p.m. and check-in with Jill in the Usher Room located on the lower level.
  • You will wear a UND vest to easily identify you as UND staff. Please wear dark pants, white shirts and comfortable shoes.  Remember to wear your UND nametag also.
  • GCA and Event Ambassador roles may change the day of commencement because of on-site needs.
  • Once the ceremony is underway, you are free to leave unless you have a role later in the afternoon.
  • More details about your role will be e-mailed in late July.
Date: 08/03/2018 (Fri.)

Time: 1:30pm - 3:15pm CDT

Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium

Created by:  Dawn Botsford
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Available Slot

Staff & Marshal Check In (3)

Check in staff and student marshals; assist in locating marshal gowns and volunteer vests; pin on carnations to marshals and volunteers

1 of 3 slots filled
  Jill Novotny

Program Distribution and Line-up Room Supervisor

Hand out programs to graduates and direct them to pick up their name card; be prepared to answer questions about the ceremony and the facility.

  Brent Gerhardt

Distribute Name Cards to Graduates (4)

Assist the Registrar's Office Staff in distributing name cards to graduates; hand out honor medallions to eligible graduates and direct graduates to line-up location behind their college and degree signs

2 of 4 slots filled
  Ashley Vigen
  Stacey Borboa-Peterson
Student Affairs and Diversity

Traffic Directors (2)

Stand at the bottom or top of the ramp outside the line-up room to direct traffic - graduates into rehearsal room; faculty to dressing room and then to rehearsal room for line-up


Entrance Lobby Greeter (2)

Greeter in CFA lobby to welcome graduates, families, and friends. Direct guests to second level for seating; graduates to lower level line-up room; faculty to lower level dressing room & line-up; platform group to the Green Room.


Usher and Program Distribution (4)

Position yourself by a door to the auditorium on second floor. Greet guests and give them a program.

1 of 4 slots filled
  Tracy Backstrom

In-House Host, Reserved & Special Seating (2)

Work with student marshals in the auditorium to protect seats for graduates; assist with special seating and wheelchair seating


Faculty Assistant

Go to Women's Chorus Room to assist faculty with regalia making sure hoods are on correctly. Direct faculty to line-up room in the lower level of CFA. Help marshal distribute number cards so we have enough chairs on stage.


Platform Group Assistant

Go to the Green Room and assist student marshal with lining up group. Help platform members with regalia.

  cassie gerhardt
Student Affairs and Diversity

On-Stage Directors

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

  cassie gerhardt
Student Affairs and Diversity

Use me where needed (5)

There are always last minute needs for commencement and this group will fill in wherever the commencement coordinator decides. You will be sent your assignment prior to commencement day.

1 of 5 slots filled
  Cheryl Grew-Gillen
Memorial Union - Student Affairs & Diversity
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