Volunteers are an essential component of Grad Alley and the All-University Commencement Exercises! Approximately 500 volunteers will be needed to assist with these two important events at the University. 

Volunteer opportunities are available to University administrators and former volunteers. All potential volunteers should check with their supervisors before signing up.

Volunteer Opportunities

Grad Alley (Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Washington Square)

Volunteers are needed to help set up and staff the event. Sign up for one or more of three different shifts: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (staging); 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (set up); 4:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (event staffing). 

Commencement (Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Yankee Stadium)

Volunteers will serve as "greeters" for candidates and their guests as they arrive at the stadium and are seated in their respective sections. Volunteers should expect to be at Yankee Stadium from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Commencement Day. Commencement volunteer spots are limited; University Events will confirm placement of all volunteers. 

Volunteer Timeline

  • Early February: The Office of University Events will email an invitation to volunteer to all administrators and former volunteers, including a link to registration forms. 
  • Late March: Deadline to submit volunteer registration forms for Grad Alley and Commencement. 
  • April: The Office of University Events will confirm volunteer placement with all those who have registered. 
  • Early May: Mandatory briefing sessions will take place for Commencement volunteers (Candidate Greeters and Guest Greeters) and for Grad Alley. Dates, times, and locations will be included on the registration forms. 
  • Tuesday, May 19: Grad Alley
  • Wednesday, May 20: All-University Commencement

For further details, review the registration forms once available in February. Thank you for your interest!