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.

Register to volunteer! All shifts are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. If your desired position has already been filled, we hope you will consider serving in another role.

Volunteer at Commencement

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, degree candidates 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 skills and talents to achieve a smooth and spectacular event while delivering the best possible guest experience. Volunteer assignment descriptions are provided below:


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


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

Degree Candidate Robing Room 

Volunteers in the degree candidate robing room assist students with robing, line-up, handing out name cards, following the regalia guidelines, and escorting students who arrive late to their places. 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 in SECU Arena using wheelchairs.

Outside Guest Relations Ambassador 

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

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