University of North Dakota Ceremonies & University Events

Dec 13th - 3 PM - Winter Graduate Degree Ceremony

Wednesday, December 13, 2018
Graduate & Professional Degrees Ceremony
Chester Fritz Auditorium
3:00 p.m.

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

  • Ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium
  • Event Assistants are asked to report by 1:15 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.
  • Event Assistant 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 early December.
Date: 12/13/2018 (Thu.)

Time: 1:15pm - 3:15pm CST

Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium

Created by:  Monica Evavold
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Staff & Marshal Check In (3)

Check in staff and student marshals; assist in locating marshal gowns and volunteer vests; pin carnations to volunteer gowns and vests, answer questions about commencement

1 of 3 slots filled
  Jill Novotny

Program distribution and Lineup Room Supervisor (2)

Hand out programs to graduates; direct them to pick up their announcement cards. Be prepared to answer questions about the ceremony

1 of 2 slots filled
  Brent Gerhardt

Distribution Name Cards to Graduates (4)

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

3 of 4 slots filled
  Laura Look
  Kayla Hotvedt
College of Arts & Sciences
  Chelsea Mellenthin
A&S Psychology

Traffic Directors (2)

Stand at the bottom and top of the ramp outside the lineup 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 lineup room; faculty to lower level dressing room and lineup; 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.

All slots filled
  Cheryl Grew-Gillen
Memorial Union
  Laura Arneson
College of Business & Public Administration
  Angela Cary
College of Arts & Sciences
  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 the Women's Chorus Room to assist faculty with regalia making sure hoods are on correctly. Direct faculty to the lineup area. Help marshal distribute number cards so we have enough chairs on stage.

  Cassie Gerhardt
Student Involvement & Leadership

Platform Group Assistant

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

  Karina Knutson
Wellness Center

On-Stage Director

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

  Karina Knutson
Wellness Center

Flex Position (3)

There are always last minute needs at commencement. This group will fill in wherever needed!

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