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Volunteer at 2009 Commencement

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 1, 2009

What does it take to wipe down an estimated 3,000 chairs, distribute 11,000 programs and give more than 2,400 students their diplomas?

You. And your co-worker. And your co-worker’s friend. And their friend. In other words, volunteers. An army of them.

So, mark your calendar for the 2009 Honors Convocation  May 22, 2009, and Commencement May 23, 2009. Volunteers are needed for both. These ceremonies celebrate the culmination of achievement for students whose education and lives you have helped shape during their time here at UNH.

It’s not a cliché to say it couldn’t be done without you. The Office of Presidential Events and Programs (PEP) relies on staff members as well as students to perform a variety of tasks that ensure a successful celebration, including placing  programs on 3,000 seats; helping to seat more than 300 guests with disabilities; assisting 14 professional photographs assigned with capturing the day’s special moments; staffing three information booths and aiding in cleanup.

The Honors Convocation is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 22 at the Whittemore Center. Volunteers arrive at 2:30 p.m. Commencement is from 9:45 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 23 at Memorial Field in front of the Whittemore Center. Arrival times for volunteers vary depending on assigned duties.

Interested volunteers can register here or contact the Commencement Office.

For more information or if you have questions about volunteering, contact Patrice Russell at 2-1087 or Patrice.russell@unh.edu.


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