The Top: Reasons to Volunteer at Commencement

Staffers recall their favorite moments from their volunteering experience at Commencement

students at SOBA commencement

Students at the 2011 School of Business Administration commencement ceremony

Welcome to Inside UCR’s newest feature, The Top!

Each issue, we’re presenting a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites — from restaurants to Zen gardens to events.

This week, we’re highlighting staffers’ favorite moments from their experience volunteering at commencement.

If you have something you’d like featured in The Top or an activity you’d like to share, email lille.bose@ucr.edu.

UCR is holding seven commencement ceremonies on June 14 through 17 on the Piece Hall lawn

UCR is holding seven commencement ceremonies on June 14 through 17 on the Pierce Hall lawn

“As an academic advisor I meet students as they arrive at UCR. Over a few years I witness them grow in confidence, knowledge, strength, and understanding. I volunteer to help them and their families mark and celebrate their achievements, to see the smiles and cheers earned through focused effort and sacrifice, and to offer my congratulations with more than just words. I volunteer to see the students I have advised one last time, to say goodbye, wish them well, and thank them for so many entertaining memories.”— Gerardo R. Sanchez, academic advisor, Department of Philosophy

More than 3,000 students are expected to make their way across the stage during the four days of commencement. PHOTO BY PETER PHUN

More than 3,000 students are expected to make their way across the stage during the four days of commencement. PHOTO BY PETER PHUN

“It is exciting to be a part of this momentous occasion for our students. I love hearing ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ and get a chill seeing all the students process in.” — Tamra Johnson, human resources manager, School of Business Administration

Student celebrating his graduation at the 2013 CNAS commencement ceremony

Student celebrating his graduation at the 2013 CNAS commencement ceremony

“Many years ago I worked at the Campus Bookstore and assisted students finding the correct textbooks for their classes. I befriended a couple of students who had physical challenges. I met them and worked with them at different times, but during their time at UCR they became the best of friends. One was blind and the other was wheelchair bound. But, what I saw was the one giving sight to one and legs to the other. The year they graduated, I had tears in my eyes as I saw the one in the wheelchair being pushed by the one without sight going across the stage. A true picture of friends helping friends, eyes for one, legs for the other, and guidance for both. That is my most unforgettable Commencement moment.” — Denise Correll, lead college advisor, CNAS

UCR staff and faculty are encouraged to help volunteer their time  during one or all of the seven ceremonies

UCR staff and faculty are encouraged to help volunteer their time during one or all of the seven ceremonies

“The personal benefit of volunteering is that so many people participate to make each ceremony special for the graduates and their benefits. It’s incredible to see it all come together.” — Alyssa Cotter, assistant director of programs, Office of Alumni & Constituent Relations

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