Staff participation in the graduation celebrations

Graduation is the highlight of the academic year and relies on dedicated staff from across the University volunteering in one of a number of roles to deliver these prestigious events. Although things will be a little different this September, we will still rely on a team of committed and dedicated volunteers to help deliver our outdoor graduation festival and welcome back the Class of 2020. 

The graduation festival will be held between Wednesday 1 and Wednesday 8 September 2021 (excluding weekends). We are delighted to be able to bring staff and our 2020 graduates together in a COVID-secure setting for a celebration and reunion.  

You do not need to be a member of academic staff, nor hold a degree to undertake any of the roles listed here.  All we ask is that you seek your line manager’s approval before volunteering. We need help with the following roles:

Mace Bearer

If you are interested in being a University Mace Bearer, please complete our form to confirm your availability. Please note that by ticking any of the options on the Doodle poll, you are confirming that you will complete that duty at the specified time. Please only tick the options you are committed to undertaking.

Profile: High

Time: Low (1 hour)

Student facing: No

The University’s Mace Bearer will lead the procession into the Green Heart marquee at the beginning of each graduation event, and out of the marquee at its conclusion.  This role plays no active part in the ceremony, but often requires liaison with senior members of the University. You will be on stage for the whole of the 30-minute address.

Steps

If you are interested in the role of Steps, please complete our form to confirm your availability.  Please note that by ticking any of the options on the Doodle poll, you are confirming that you will complete that duty at the specified time. Please only tick the options you are committed to undertaking.

Profile: High

Time: Medium (2 hours)

Student facing: Yes

Steps will announce each student’s name as they take to the stage to have their photograph taken against the spectacular backdrop of the Great Hall. You will need to be a confident public speaker as you will be heard (using a microphone) by approximately 100 people in the socially distanced audience.

Marshal

If you are interested in the role of Marshal, please complete our form to confirm your availability.  Please note that by ticking any of the options on the Doodle poll, you are confirming that you will complete that duty at the specified time. Please only tick the options you are committed to undertaking.

Profile: Medium

Time: Medium (2 hours)

Student facing: Yes

Staff marshals will have the opportunity to get involved in a range of activities, including helping to manage queues, overseeing the outdoor facilities, and generally signposting and ushering students and their guests around campus. 

Can I join the procession?

Due to the limitations of the stage and in the interests of maintaining social distancing, the procession will be limited to speakers. University staff wishing to attend an assembly in the Green Heart arena will be able to do so as part of the audience. All staff are encouraged to add to the vibrancy of the celebratory atmosphere by wearing academic dress while on campus, which they can hire for free.

The deadline for staff robe hire is Tuesday 24 August 2021.

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