Ambassadors Can Help Commencements Run Smoothly

Graduates walk toward doorway in arena as volunteers in purple T-shirts cheer
Ambassadors can help cheer on — and guide, assist and direct — grads and their guests at commencement ceremonies in Sacramento. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Spring commencement season is just around the corner, and staff members have a chance to get a behind-the-scenes view to all the excitement by helping at any or all of five undergraduate ceremonies at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. 


Commencement organizers are seeking staff members to serve as commencement ambassadors and perform a wide range of tasks, like greeting and directing graduates and guests, or helping ensure everyone’s regalia is in place.

Ambassadors will come away from the events with more than just a sense of having helped make one of the university’s most joyous and important events possible: Perks for commencement ambassadors include a $75 Visa gift card, a commencement T-shirt and lanyard, and a meal in the staff lounge. The cost of parking at the Golden 1 Center will also be covered. 

Ambassadors must be available to work for a five-hour shift, starting two hours before each ceremony and ending one hour after the event. The available shifts are as follows:

  • Ceremony 1: Friday, June 14 from 7 a.m.-noon
  • Ceremony 2: Friday, June 14 from noon-5 p.m.
  • Ceremony 3: Saturday, June 15 from 7 a.m.-noon
  • Ceremony 4: Saturday, June 15 from noon-5 p.m.
  • Ceremony 5: Sunday, June 16 from 7 a.m.-noon

Signups are available online until May 17.

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Cody Kitaura is the editor of Dateline UC Davis and can be reached by email or at 530-752-1932.

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