Support the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies at the Golden 1 Center

UC Davis staff members are invited to join our Commencement Ambassador teams to help make this year’s fall undergraduate commencement an unforgettable experience for our graduates. 

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Choose a Team

Each ambassador plays an important role in making the commencement experience a success for our students. Ambassadors will be divided into two teams with a range of duties. 

TEAM WATER TOWER - The Aggie Welcome Team

The Water Tower team is in the middle of the commencement action and is divided into various sub-teams, such as Accessibility, Guest and Graduate Greeters, Graduate Help Desk and Scanners, and the Regalia Team. Each team member will contribute to the smooth arrival of guests and graduates. 

TEAM GUNROCK - The Aggie Arena Floor Team

Would you like to be hands-on with the graduates, before, during, and after the ceremony? The Gunrock team is looking for individuals to serve as Aisle Marshals and Aggie Floor Greeters to be one of the first smiling happy faces our grads see as they enter the Golden 1 Center. 

Click here for more details and to learn more about the many ambassador roles. 

Gifts for Participation

As a token of our appreciation for volunteers' time, you will receive the following gifts:

  • $75 Visa gift card
  • Commencement Ambassador T-shirt
  • Parking voucher for each ceremony 
  • Lanyard with commencement name tag
  • Meal and non-alcoholic drinks for each ceremony


Parking will be complimentary for all Commencement Ambassadors who park in the designated parking garage.

There will be a place in the staff lounge to store belongings, but we recommend leaving valuables at home.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I choose my role/assignment?
  • During your sign-up process, you will be asked to declare your role preferences. To the greatest extent possible, the event staff will accommodate role preferences. However, we appreciate your willingness to serve in other capacities to ensure we have enough Ambassadors performing each task. There will be flexibility in assignments in order to accommodate different abilities.
  • What if I can't attend an orientation?
  • We are asking Ambassadors to attend a virtual orientation to ensure they have a full understanding of their roles and duties and are prepared and confident going into their shifts. For those who are unable to attend an online orientation, the session will be recorded and made available. 
  • What if I need to cancel my shift? 
  • We are depending on you to show up as scheduled, but if you are sick or unable to perform your shift please notify the Ambassador Coordinator as soon as possible. 
  • How many Ambassadors are needed for the commencement ceremonies?
  • The commencement planning team estimates needing 50-60 ambassadors for each of the ceremonies. 
  • Who’s eligible to become a Commencement Ambassador?
  • The university is inviting all staff and student staff members to serve as Commencement Ambassadors.
  • Will I be able to earn compensatory time off for my service?
  • No. Commencement Ambassadors will receive gifts for their time (see below). 
  • What will I get for serving as an Ambassador?
  • Ambassadors will receive one (1) $75 Visa gift card, a Commencement Ambassador T-shirt, a parking voucher for each ceremony they attend, a lanyard, and a meal and non-alcoholic drinks for each ceremony.