Have you considered helping out at this important event in the lives of our students, their families and friends, as they celebrate the conclusion of their journey through university?
The Registrar’s Office strives to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all in attendance at the Convocation Ceremonies; assistance is required to make the ceremonies successful for our graduates.
What does an usher do?
The responsibility of Convocation Ushers is to help provide a variety of services to the graduates and their guests.
Who can be an usher?
Staff and faculty are invited to help out by working as ushers at Convocation. To express interest, or for more information, please contact Gloria Saindon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
More detailed information will be distributed to those interested in helping, as the ceremony dates approach.
What is the time commitment?
The time commitment for ushers ranges from 4-5 hours, each ceremony. In the Spring, there are 6 ceremonies, and there are 2 ceremonies in the Fall – specific ceremony dates can be found at umanitoba.ca/convocation.
Additionally, a 30-minute Fire Marshall meeting will be held the day prior to the first ceremony. It is important that all Convocation Ushers are familiar with the emergency procedures and policies at a large event venue; this meeting is mandatory for any person who has never attended one.
What You Need to Know
As ushers of the Annual Convocation Ceremonies, our major responsibility is to provide a variety of courteous services to the graduates and their guests. Our goal is to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all in attendance.
Please Note: The security in the Investor’s Group Athletic Centre and the Max Bell Centre is very limited. Please do not bring valuables with you to Convocation. If you must bring your purse, you can leave it at the equipment desk at Max Bell.
Dress Code: Blue usher gowns will be provided to you on the day of convocation. They are to be picked up and returned to a designated change room in IGAC. Please dress appropriately (i.e. dress pants or a skirt; do not wear jeans or shorts).
Time Commitment: You will need to be available for 4 -5 hours for each ceremony. You will have scheduled breaks.
Help: If you find yourself in a situation that you are not feeling comfortable with, never fear! We will have experienced supervisors available to you on both levels of the IGAC.
During the Ceremony
Once all the graduates have received their parchments and the speeches have been completed, the role of the usher is to hold the guests back until the platform party and the graduates have exited IGAC. Once these groups have exited, it is crucial that we direct the guests out the appropriate exits.