Information for Faculty & Staff
Our goal is to transform the lives of our students by focusing on their academic and
personal success, and seeing them graduate is evidence that we’re meeting that goal
in a powerful, rewarding way.
We invite you to participate in the celebrations so you can show the students you’ve supported along the way that you’re proud of their accomplishments.
Thank you to the faculty and staff who made the May 7-9 celebration a success!
Staff, alumni, community members, and faculty can volunteer to provide event support. Volunteers serve as campus ambassadors who welcome guests graduates and provide event assistance and support. Volunteers will receive training, UNC event apparel and food and beverages to support their participation.
Faculty may participate as members of the academic procession or as marshals involved in directing graduates during the ceremony.
Faculty are invited to represent their college as banner bearers or deputy marshals during the ceremonies. Banner bearers carry the college gonfalon and marshals direct degree candidates from the various colleges during the procession and throughout the ceremony. Deputy marshals must attend one of two training sessions on Friday, May 7.
Faculty who would like to join the academic procession are asked to RSVP to ensure the proper number of seats are set. Lineup will take place on the practice fields south of Bank of Colorado Arena and faculty will be seating near the stage. Public health guidelines prevent the traditional faculty greeting line.
Deputy Marshal Roles
Banner bearers carry the gonfalon for their college into the commencement ceremony. All banner bearers will process down the middle aisle and place the banners next to the stage.
There are two marshals to lead each column of graduates into and out of the ceremony, and at the appropriate time guide them up to the stage.
One patrol marshal follows each column of graduates into and out of the ceremony to catch stragglers and ensure they stay on course, and after students cross the stage guide them to the appropriate seats.
A faculty marshal leads the academic procession into the ceremony and out of the ceremony.
Commencement Marshal Needed
Have you ever wondered how commencement comes to be? Do you enjoy the pageantry and pomp of commencement and want to be more involved? Commencement marshals help make sure graduation ceremonies go off smoothly.
UNC is in need of a faculty member to serve as one of two commencement marshals. This is important university-wide service and much of the work for this service position occurs the week before and day of commencement.
- Represent faculty at periodic Commencement Committee meetings throughout the year.
- Lead deputy marshals in two training sessions the Friday of commencement week.
- Direct deputy marshals before, during and after each ceremony and handle unexpected circumstances.
- Escort platform party to stage.
Lynn Klyde-Allaman, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Journalism and Media Studies at UNC. She has a doctorate in mass communications and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from Ohio University, a master’s in journalism from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s in journalism and history from Indiana University.
She has worked as a reporter and copy editor at newspapers in Connecticut, North Carolina and Colorado. She teaches classes in media writing, reporting, editing, sports reporting, communication and gender and blogging. She has been at UNC since 2000. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, running and cooking. She served as a deputy marshal for many years and has been a commencement marshal for two years.