Commencement Marshal Position Description

The following descriptions provide an overview of the marshal duties in each general area. You will be assigned a specific duty, under the leadership of a marshal coordinator, within these areas.

General Seating Marshals - Greatest Need 

Where: Inside St. Ignatius Church

Need: There is usually the largest amount of need for indoor marshals

Duties in this area include:

  • Handing out programs
  • Helping guests to their seats
  • Identifying empty seats for guests
  • Making sure guests of the platform party (administrators, faculty, student speakers) are seated in the appropriate reserved section
  • Helping guests with mobility issues/special needs find the appropriate reserved seating area
  • Directing guests to the restrooms and handing out re-entry tickets
  • Making sure the processions in and out of the church run smoothly
  • Distributing programs on the pews for the next ceremony

Student Preparation Marshals - Limited Availability 

Where: Gleeson Library Atrium and Patio

Need: There is a low to moderate amount of need for student preparation marshals

Duties in this area include:

  • Helping students put on regalia
  • Making sure all students have name cards (the cards used on stage by the announcer)
  • Getting students in line for the procession