Winter commencement 2018 is approaching and we want you to be part of it! Commencement is a fun and exciting time. We need staff who want to be part of our students’ final experience here at GCU! We need your help to make this a memorable time for our students and show our support for them and their accomplishments!

Important Information

Commencement staff hours will be from 6 am to approximately 4:30 pm. Continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided. There will be downtime during the shift.

As commencement staff for the 2018 Traditional Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14, you must seek prior approval from your manager to assist. Permission will be granted based on workload and performance considerations. If approved to assist, hourly employees will be paid for staff hours that occur during their normal work schedule. Please note, you will not be paid outside your normal work hours since attendance is not mandatory.

You make a difference for our students, and it is our time to celebrate their huge accomplishment with them! We appreciate your willingness to be involved!

*Staff participants will include employees from both GCU and GCE. GCE employees are able to volunteer and participate in campus activities when volunteer services are requested for any GCU events pertaining to GCU students. GCE employees provide services to our students and their involvement in events for GCU students, such as commencement, is greatly appreciated!

  • Friday, Dec. 14: 9 am and 2 pm ceremonies
  • Check-in is no later than 6 am
  • Hours Worked: 6 am - 4:30 pm
  • Total Hours: Approx. 10 hours

Traditional Ceremonies

Friday, Dec. 14 

9 am

  • Colangelo College of Business 
  • College of Fine Arts and Production 
  • College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

2 pm

  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • College of Theology 


Available Staff Positions

Concierge Staff - Greet students and guests as they arrive. Help answer questions, provide directions and offer assistance to all attendees. This group will be the first individuals that the graduates and their family members meet. We want friendly and outgoing personalities! You will be standing for most of your task duration, pre- and post-ceremony.

Graduate Seating Staff - Help students find their correct seats on the GCU Arena floor and provide directional flow during the live ceremony. You will be on your feet for at least 45 minutes during the live ceremony. You will also be visible to all within the GCU Arena.

Special Needs Staff - Help assist guests and students with any special needs they may have prior to the ceremony, during the ceremony and after the ceremony. For this position, we need individuals who are strong enough to assist individuals in wheelchairs and can go up and down stairs with ease.

Student Regalia Staff - Help students get dressed in their regalia prior to the ceremony. You will be standing for most of your task duration, pre-ceremony.

Usher Staff - Hand out commencement programs to guests, and help provide directional flow during and after the ceremony. This position helps maintain crowd control and requires someone who has a strong demeanor and friendly personality. You will be standing for most of your task duration, pre- and post-ceremony.


Sign Up to Staff the 2018 Winter Traditional Commencement Ceremony