A huge thank you to the faculty and staff working during graduation weekend, our ceremonies would not be successful without your dedication and commitment!
- MARSHALS WORKING AT THE CEREMONIES
Faculty scheduled to serve as a marshal should park in the O'Connell Lot 2-hrs. & 15-mins. prior to the ceremony and enter the O'Connell Center through Gate 4 at the concourse (ground) level.
Proceed to the basement level in the Performer’s Dressing Room where you will receive a marshal gown to wear over your business casual clothing. Comfortable shoes are recommended, as these roles require periods of standing and walking.
An outline of your assigned marshal role will be sent approximately one month prior to the ceremony. A training will be held on the arena floor 30 minutes prior to doors opening for the grads and guests. This is to ensure you understand your marshal assignment.
90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony, the doors will open and marshals' roles go into action. We start checking students in, dividing them by college, and lining them up for the processional.
There will be a 30-minute processional, then the ceremony will run approximately 2 hours. You will be needed through the duration of the ceremony. Afterwards, you will return your marshal robe to the Performer’s Dressing Room.
Time breakdown: 15-minute parking, check-in, enrobing. 30-minute training. 1-hour student line up/positioning. 30-minute processional. 15-minute check-out and de-robing.
Total time commitment: 4 hours & 30 minutes.
- WORKING CHECK-IN
Faculty and staff working at the check-in station should park in the O’Connell Lot 2 hrs. & 15 mins. prior to the ceremony and enter the O’Connell Center through Gate 4 at the concourse (ground) level. Remain at the check-in gate. Business casual clothing is appropriate, “Gator Gear” is recommended but not required. A name tag will be provided. Comfortable shoes are recommended, as these roles require periods of standing.
An outline of the roles at the check-in station will be sent approximately one month prior to the ceremony. A training will be held 2 hours prior to the ceremony start (30 minutes before the doors open for grads and guests).
The ceremony will run from approximately two hours, but you will be needed only through the first 30 minutes (approximately) of the ceremony.
Time breakdown: 15 minutes parking & check-in. 30-minute training. 1-hour of heavy student check-in time. 30-minutes of light student check-in time. (approximately). 30-minutes or less of late student check-in (ceremony has already started by this time).
Total Time Commitment: 2 hours and 45 minutes (maximum)