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Faculty Participants

A successful commencement relies on the efforts of many volunteers, and faculty support of students at commencement is particularly meaningful. We welcome faculty attendance, and participation by faculty serving as marshals. Faculty also participate as doctoral student chairs helping in the hooding of their graduating doctoral students. To volunteer for commencement, please contact William Pollard via email or at 734.487.3600.


Marshals are solicited on a rotation from schools and departments. However, anyone wishing to serve should email emuprovost@emich.edu. Read a brief description of marshal duties [PDF] or watch a video (16 min.) of the training session done before each commencement.

Doctoral Student Chairs

Doctoral student chairs who wish to participate in the commencement ceremony will process in and sit with the students they will be hooding. At the appropriate time in the ceremony, you'll accompany each student to the stage ramp and assist the associate vice president of Graduate Studies and Research with hooding. There's some training possible on the Friday before the Commencement date and some shortly before the ceremony. Watch a video (4 min.) of one of these training sessions.

Name Readers

Name readers announce the names of the graduates as they begin to walk across the stage. Read a brief description of name reader duties and logistics [PDF]

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