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Commencement marshals ‘vital’ to ceremony

Marshals participating UD’s 155th spring Commencement—Seated (from left) are Keith Handling, associate professor of health and exercise sciences; senior Meghan Bills; senior Rosalia Grigoli; Deborah Hill, senior administrative assistant, university development; junior Sara Linton; Christine Schultz, associate director of admissions; junior Stacy Richards; junior Shelby Lawson; and Sylvester “Vest” Johnson, associate director Bob Carpenter Center. Standing (from left) are Thomas Coder, admissions officer, intercollegiate athletics program; junior Michelle Meehan; junior Amanda Crouse; Ann Ferreira, senior secretary, facilities planning and construction; Joe Bradley, director, university development; James Tweedy, associate director, Residence Life; Paul Pusecker, executive officer, College of Arts and Sciences; senior Andrew Janosko; Mike McCloskey, admissions counselor; Mike Fernbacher, complex coordinator, Office of the Dean of Students; Deborah Farris, program coordinator, affirmative action and multi-cultural programs; Kathleen Troutman, associate director, IT media services; Jim Kent, associate professor health and exercise sciences; and Joan Couch, assistant professor health and exercise sciences.

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2:45 p.m., May 29, 2004--“If we didn’t have volunteers, we could not accommodate a Commencement ceremony with nearly 25,000 people. Our volunteer marshals are vital to Commencement,” Nancy Millard, assistant director of alumni relations, said.

Millard is in charge of the UD students, staff, retirees and administrators who volunteer to work at Delaware Stadium during spring Commencement, handing out programs, helping the elderly and those who are disabled to seating, guiding parents and friends to their seats and lining up graduates about to march to the end of their UD college careers.

Millard said she is especially impressed with the level of commitment from volunteers. “They gave up their long Memorial Day weekend to help us,” she said.

Each year, e-mail is sent to UD students and staff asking them to sign up for jobs that need to be filled at Commencement, Millard said. “Everyone but faculty, who are already involved in the ceremony, gets e-mail messages, including campus tour guides, cheerleaders, Ag Ambassadors and all offices on campus.”

This year, 50 persons signed on, she said. “Some have been staffing Commencement for 15 years.”

Article by Barbara Garrison
Photo by Kathy Atkinson

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