Volunteer for Spring Commencement Week 2024

The University Commencement and Recognition Committee is seeking enthusiastic and reliable volunteers for the upcoming graduation activities on May 17 and 18, 2024. Planning is a yearlong endeavor, and executing such a prestigious event takes several days leading up to commencement weekend. Here is how you can help make an impact on the culminating celebration for over 3,000 members of the UNL community.

Set Up

2-hour minimum time commitment on either Thursday, May 16 or Friday, May 17

  • Placing signage around the interior and exterior of facilities
  • Numbering chairs on field according to a specific layout

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

5-hour commitment on Saturday, May 18

  • Greeting and directing students through check-in and onto the field
  • Handing out programs and water to students as they enter the stadium
  • Offering seating guidance
  • Being a friendly face and answering last-minute questions about the ceremony
  • Assisting professional photographers in Hawks
  • Floating between volunteer stations to offer breaks or provide extra assistance

Tear Down

3-hour time commitment on Saturday, May 18

  • Removing signage and dismantling backdrops in Hawks
  • Removing numbering stickers and signs from chairs on the field
  • Clearing any trash or belongings left on the field


To be determined based on location and format of backup plan on Saturday, May 18

What We Provide

  • Parking arrangements on Commencement Day
  • Snacks and Lunch on Undergraduate Commencement Day
  • Email communications for arrival instructions, explanation of duties and last-minute changes
  • Credentials

What You Provide

  • Name, email and phone number
  • Availability for Thursday, May 16-Saturday, May 18
  • Your own Husker-themed, weather appropriate wardrobe and comfortable shoes


Contact Julie Kroese with questions at julie.kroese@unl.edu.

Please indicate your availability below. Your exact placement will be determined as commencement nears. If checking multiple areas of availability, you are not expected to serve in each of those areas.

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