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Join the Commencement Squad


Join the Commencement Squad, and help us make a memorable experience for our graduates and their guests in the quad! We need your help this May, with each ceremony day – May 12 and 13. With multiple Commencement #SquadGoals, we will have a variety of Commencement Squad roles – ensuring our graduates are ready in their cap, gown and stoles!

Commencement Squad Roles

  • Greeters: (7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Be the first point of contact as we welcome thousands of guests to our campus, direct and answer questions as needed
  • Candidate Procession: (7:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Help candidates take the next step of their UC Merced Journey, assist them in preparation for and during the procession, seating and conferral of degrees
  • Ushers: (7:00 a.m. -11:15 a.m.) Check tickets, usher guests to seats, assist with crowd control
  • Guest Services: (7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Serve as a UC Merced specialist, a resource for guests with general questions and special needs

Commencement Squad Briefing

When you sign up to be a part of the Commencement Squad, detailed briefing information covering the ceremonies and your specific duties will be distritibuted to you in advance of Commencement weekend.

Getting to Campus

We strongly encourage Commencement Squad members to carpool or get dropped off at campus the day of the event. Although all team members who plan to drive to campus will receive a parking permit, we want to ensure there is plenty of parking for guests.  

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