Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an essential component of Grad Alley and the All-University Commencement Exercises. In 2022, a greater number of volunteers are required to assist with two Commencement ceremonies and an extended Grad Alley.

Volunteer opportunities are available to University administrators and former volunteers. All potential volunteers should check with their supervisors before signing up. More details will be shared in March.

Grad Alley

Tuesday, May 17, 2022, Washington Square Campus

Grad Alley is a Commencement-eve street festival on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., for NYU graduates and their families. The evening will featuring festivities, food, games, and entertainment on the streets around Washington Square. Volunteers are an important part of creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere for our guests! Sign up for one or more of three different shifts:

  • Staging: 8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
  • Set-up: 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Event staffing: 3:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Grad Alley volunteer captain


Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Yankee Stadium

This will be a historic year with two Commencement ceremonies taking place on the same day! Volunteers will serve as greeters for candidates and their guests as they arrive at the stadium and are seated in their respective sections. Sign up for one of three different shifts:

  • Morning ceremony: 7:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon ceremony: 2:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • All day: 7:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
NYU Commencement greeters and Bobcat

Volunteer Timeline

  • March 2022: The Office of University Events will email an invitation to volunteer to all administrators and former volunteers with a link to the registration forms.
  • March 31, 2022: Deadline to submit volunteer registration forms for Grad Alley and Commencement.
  • April 2022: The Office of University Events will confirm volunteer placement with all those who have registered.
  • Early May 2022: Mandatory briefing sessions will take place for Commencement volunteers and for Grad Alley. Dates, times, and locations will be included on the registration forms.
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022: Grad Alley
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022: All-University Commencement

Contact Information

Please contact commencement@nyu.edu with any questions. Thank you for your interest!