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Commencement has been moved to Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S. Jenkins Ave.

Volunteer at Commencement

The success of this celebration depends upon the generous support of volunteers who, as ambassadors for the university, help to make the culmination of students' academic careers a memorable and stress-free occasion.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the university-wide Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10, 2019. Please see below for information on student and staff opportunities.

Student Volunteers

Earn money for your student organization! Individuals and groups may volunteer to serve as Commencement Ambassadors or International Flag Bearers and earn money for their student organizations.

Commencement Ambassadors

commencement ambassadors

Commencement Ambassadors serve as hosts during the Commencement activities. Volunteers may be responsible for:

  • Welcoming guests
  • Distributing programs or glowsticks
  • Directing guests to open seating
  • Answering guest questions
  • Assisting guests with limited mobility
  • Creating an overall friendly and celebratory environment for our graduates and guests

WHEN: Commencement Ambassadors will report to campus by 4 pm on Friday, May 10, 2019 for assignment instructions. Dress is business casual - wear comfortable shoes!

PAYMENT: $15 per person

Organizations providing Commencement Ambassadors will receive a deposit to their student organization account. The deposit will be based on the number of participants per organization.


International Flag Bearers

As part of the University-wide Commencement ceremony, international flags are used to represent some of the home countries of faculty, staff, and students. These flags are presented by current OU students and are considered to be a very important part of OU’s Commencement ceremony. The International Flag Bearers will help lead the processional into the stadium and stand on stage with their flags as the National Anthem is sung.

2019 graduates will be able to participate as a flag bearer and then take a seat in the stands with their college.

international flag bearers during Commencement

WHEN: International Flag Bearers must report to the stadium by 6 pm on Friday, May 10, 2019 dressed in their academic regalia (for those International Flag Bearers who are not graduating, academic regalia will be provided for you to wear during the ceremony). Once robed in academic regalia, International Flag Bearers will choose a flag and line up for the Processional.


When the National Anthem has commenced, International Flag Bearers will exit the stage area. Once the flags and, if applicable, regalia are returned to the designated location, flag bearers will be dismissed.

PAYMENT: $15 per person

Organizations providing Commencement Ambassadors will receive a deposit to their student organization account. The deposit will be based on the number of participants per organization.


Faculty and Staff Volunteers

Faculty and staff play a vital role in assisting graduates and guests during the Commencement ceremony.

  • Line Leaders assist graduates and international flag bearers as they enter the stadium during the processional.
  • Accessible Services Hosts provide golf cart transportation for guests with limited mobility.
  • Information Booth Hosts greet guests as they arrive at the venue, answer questions, and provide directions and assistance to guests during the ceremonies.

"I absolutely love helping with Commencement! It might be my favorite event on campus, both because it is the culmination of the OU experience for our students and because it takes so many staff to help that it feels like the whole OU family is working together. It has such a festive atmosphere- excited graduates and their proud families, photos with lifelong friend, fireworks- it’s all amazing." - Kristen Partridge, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Dean of Students

"The best part of volunteering at the Commencement event is to have the opportunity to celebrate students’ accomplishments with them. What could be more exciting than cheering them on as they enjoy one the highlights of their lives with friends and family members, especially students that we work with on a regular basis." - Tony Lee, Associate Director - UWC Scholars Program

"Commencement is a celebration for the entire OU community: students and their families, faculty, and staff.  I love participating in the moment that represents the culmination of all that we do, each and every day, to support students towards their degree.  Truly, it is an honor to cheer our newest graduates into a bright, awaiting world." - Katy Powers, Outreach Director - Behavioral Intervention Team

"As a university, we put so much emphasis on the first year experience. We know how important it is for students to have positive interactions early in their time in higher education. But I also think most can see the significance with how a students leaves the institution. I believe Commencement is one of the most important opportunities to serve our students and their family. We were with them while they were students here, why not see them off to the next stage of their lives? Why not celebrate all of their accomplishments, their memories and their time at the university? We have a responsibility to serve these students while they are here, I believe we should see that through to their time when they cross the stage." - Dorion Billups, Director of Diversity Enrichment Programs - Admissions and Recruitment

If you are interested in volunteering for Commencement as a faculty or staff member, please contact Logan Lockhart.