Commencement Volunteers Needed!

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ODU is still in need of commencement volunteers. If you are a current graduate student and willing to assist, please contact Katie Elder, Associate Director of Outreach, ODU Alumni Relations immediately at  

The Alumni Office will be handing out gift bags at the Spring 2021 Commencement. Please note there are not exact location details yet. 

  • The plan is to have two tables with gift bags for graduates to pick up as they exit. 
  • Volunteers will arrive one hour before the ceremony to help stuff bags/set up tables – shift is over approximately one hour after the ceremony ends/bags are gone. 
  • ODU is not taking registration for bags, however, only graduates in their regalia are entitled to the bags.

Please let Katie know if you are available for any of the shifts in red below. Thank you so much for your help!

Thursday, May 6

10:00 a.m. Class of 2020 (Last name A-K- All Degree Levels) Shift would be 9:00 a.m. – Noon (approx.)

2:00 p.m. Class of 2020 (Last name L-Z- All Degree Levels) Shift would be 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (approx.)

Friday, May 7- Spring/Summer Class of 2021

10:00 a.m. Arts & Letters (undergraduates) Shift would be 9:00 a.m. – Noon (approx.)

2:00 p.m. Darden College of Education and Professional Studies and Batten College of Engineering and Technology (undergraduates) Shift would be 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (approx.)

Saturday, May 8- Spring/Summer Class of 2021

2:00 p.m. Strome College of Business and College of Health Sciences (undergraduates) Shift would be 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (approx.)

6:00 p.m. College of Sciences (undergraduates) Shift would be 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (approx.)

All ceremonies will be conducted outside, rain or shine, and will be adhering to all public health guidance and state and local regulations. All participants and their guests will be socially distanced and required to wear a mask.