Information for Volunteers

Share the joy of our graduates. Help make it a day to remember.

Commencement is one of the happiest days of the year on our campus and is at the core of what we do as a university community. Volunteering for commencement is one of the most rewarding employee or alumni experiences at Towson University.

Volunteer Benefits 

As all members of the university play a role in the success of TU students, there are many benefits to volunteering on our students' special day:

  • meeting new people, seeing old friends, and networking with others
  • building relationships across the university community
  • sharing your TU pride with guests, graduates and families
  • having the opportunity to publicly demonstrate your commitment to the university's missions and values
  • joining other volunteers and commencement staff at a special volunteer appreciation celebration

Volunteer Roles

Volunteers play a crucial role in the overall success of commencement exercises. Staff, faculty (not participating in the procession), and alumni have the opportunity to lend their various skills and talents to achieve a smooth and spectacular event while delivering the best possible guest experience. Volunteer registration begins approximately two months prior to commencement and the university community is notified via email and T3 about volunteer opportunities. Volunteer assignment descriptions are provided below:

Greeters

Greeters welcome guests, distribute Commencement programs, and provide directional assitance at each SECU Arena entrance.

ushers

Ushers assist guests with identifying available general seating, as well as mobility impaired and hearing impared seating. Volunteer ushers wear special vests in order to be highly visible to students.

STudent Robing Room 

Volunteers in the student robing room assist students with robing, line-up, handing out name cards and escorting later students to the arena. Student robing room volunteers wear special vests in order to be highly visible to students. Volunteers will also assist with the procession and recession of the students.

mobility impaired transport

Volunteers transport guests needing mobility assistance from Towson Center to SECU Arena using wheelchairs.

outside guest assistance

Volunteers provide information and directions, outside the Towson Center and SECU Arena. This also includes assisting with crowd management and ensuring an overall positive guest experience prior to and after the ceremony. 

Gate 3 registration

Volunteers manage a check-in table at the arena Lot 20 Entrance. Volunteers greet those students, guests, platform party members, faculty, etc. coming in from Lot 20 and direct them to their respective areas.

Please send an email inquiry to for additional information about becoming an employee or alumni volunteer. 

Commencement Volunteer
John Doe

Ashena Sparrow

Administrative Assistant II, College of Fine Arts and Communication

“I truly enjoy volunteering at commencement. I love to reassure anxious graduates that things will run smoothly. I also love being able to greet families with a warm smile and helpful attitude as I congratulate them on investing in their graduates. There is no place I'd rather be during commencement than in the heart of it all.”