Launching new graduates into the world is a momentous occasion for all members of the UFV community. Dr. Mark Evered encourages faculty, staff an alumni to participate in one or more of the four ceremonies held on June 6 and 7 at the Abbotsford Centre.
UFV staff, your workday will be reassigned to free you to celebrate with our grads.
UFV alumni and retirees, you are also encouraged to join our team.
Refreshments and a gift are a small thank-you for your time spent helping our FV graduates and their family and friends.
Check the schedule to decide which ceremonies you wish to attend and choose a position from the list below. Please note that positions are filled on a first come, first serve basis.
Team lounge attendants are the first point of contact for Team Convocation. They distribute identification badges and information, monitor catering deliveries, re-assign workers as needed to fill shortages, and distribute team convocation gifts.
Greeters are the first point of contact for graduands and their guests! Before each ceremony, greeters welcome arrivals to the Abbotsford Centre and distribute info flyers. Following the ceremony, they assist ushers to remind graduates to return their gowns. They also manage pedestrian traffic around the building.
The coat check station looks after the personal belongings of gradunds (items they cannot carry through out their ceremony) ie coats, large bags and umbrellas. This station also serves as the Lost and Found for each Convocation Ceremony.
The gowning and hooding stations work closely with Gaspard, our regalia supplier, to provide rental regalia and assist students as they transform from graduand to graduate by putting on their regalia.
After the gowning and hooding station each student receives a cap and tassel. assist UFV Alumni volunteers help new alumni get ready for the big day at this station.
Faculty and stage party attendants help faculty and VIPs into their regalia in the faculty gowning area back stage.
VIP room attendants assist President and Board staff with gowning the stage party and provide directions to the stage, seating, and the VIP luncheon. VIP room attendants host Board members, VIPs and other UFV guests.
VIP ushers use detailed RSVP lists to identify the next steps for green room guests, faculty, senior admin, board, and senate.
Under the direction of the Office of the Registrar (OREG), the document station distributes UFV parchments (credentials) to graduands.
Alumni card station distributes alumni cards to graduands.
Be the first to congratulate grads after they cross the stage. Following their Artona photo, a UFV alumni hands the grad a new alumni pin.
Ushers assigned to this position assist graduates (especially those wearing extreme high heels) down the stairs to the marshalling area back stage or direct to the elevator. They also give tips like take photos with fellow students now, keep your grad card handy, use washroom before lining up with fellow students.
Marshalls help arrange graduates in alphabetical order back stage according to their program, so that they can proceed to the convocation ceremony in an orderly and timely fashion.
Disability assistance ushers work with UFV’s Disability Resource Centre (DRC) to help students get ready behind the scenes and escort guests with disabilities to designated seating areas on the floor. There is a Diability Resource Centre station on the Concourse for guests.
Backstage ushers close curtains to back stage entrance at the start of the ceremony. They escort grads who cannot stay for the entire ceremony to the nearest exit.
Concourse ushers direct grads and guests, assist guests with disabilities, and hand out programs to guests as they enter the seating areas before the ceremony. They also manage traffic flow around the reception areas after the ceremony, and answer questions.
Grad seating ushers put programs on stage and student seats before each ceremony, direct VIPs and guests with disabilities to their seats, direct grads back to their seats after they have crossed the stage, and lead grads out through the exits at the end of the ceremony.
The UFV information table is at the main entrance to the Abbotsford Centre. This person needs to have a good understanding of the venue and program in order to answer a myriad of questions. This position is ideal for team convo workers with limited mobility.
Help boost Alumni funds by assisting in the Bookstore (merchandise) or by helping in the Framing booth. The Alumni Association sells Leader frames and assists with mounting parchments for new graduates.
Help new alumni capture their special moment at the UFV International photo booth. Volunteers will assist with engaging alumni to the photo booth, collecting contact information, and supporting the photographer.