Volunteer at Black Grad

We need your help!

Make a BIG impact on our graduating students and their guests by joining the Black Grad volunteer Crew! We need your help to make this year's ceremony an incredible experience for all who attend. Faculty are also invited to participate as a Faculty Marshal to help students cross the stage during their ceremony.

Please see the areas below where volunteers are needed:

  • Pre Celebration Photo Shoot: Saturday, 04/30/22 @ 9:00am
  • Celebration: Saturday, 05/28/22 @ 1:00pm

To sign up, view the list of available opportunities on the SignUpGenius form and enter your information into an open shift. If your schedule changes, please adjust directly on this website to open the space for other potential volunteers. We will follow up with important volunteer details as the event dates get closer.

How To Sign Up

Sign up through SignUpGenius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4BABAB2AA6FDC61-40th 

Please sign up no later than 

  • Thursday, April 28th @ 5:00pm for the photo shoot
  • Thursday, May 12th @ 5:00pm  for the day of celebration.

Please contact the volunteer team: Patience Bryant, patience.bryant@sjsu.edu ;Tamela Sullivan, tamela.sullivan@sjsu.edu;  and Arletha Murray, arletha.murray@sjsu.edu;  if you have questions regarding the photo shoot and graduation celebration. 

Event Parking

Faculty and staff may use their existing parking permit to park on campus during the ceremonies. If you do not have a parking permit, event parking permits will be available for purchase.

* If you experience issues, please contact Parking Services at parking@sjsu.edu 

Additional Details

Balck Grad Crew members will receive training, reserved seating, and an invitation to attend the post ceremony reception. Breaks will also be provided.

* Shift times may vary slightly from the posted times, depending on your role and the needs for each ceremony. Thank you for your support and understanding.

** All staff (CSUEU/MPP) must obtain approval from their appropriate administrator before completing the Commencement Staffing Form. Please note: Non-exempt employees are eligible for overtime compensation or Compensatory Time Off (CTO) for hours worked over 40 hours in the work week. Faculty are not required to have appropriate administrator approval.

COVID-19 Protocols:

*** The university will follow the California Department of Public Health’s policies on mega indoor events. All staff, faculty, graduates and guests must use the SJSU COVID-19 Symptom Check Tool.

On April 1, the California Department of Public Health updated its mega indoor event guidelines. SJSU Commencement ceremonies will align with these changes and no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result for entry into the Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremonies and activities. However, it is still strongly recommended that all graduates and guests are either fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test result before attending their ceremony.

SJSU will continue to require masks or face coverings to be worn indoors for the remainder of the semester per the announcement made on April 11, 2022. This requires all graduates and guests over the age of two to wear a mask while inside the venue at all Spring 2022 Graduation Ceremonies. Graduates will be allowed to briefly take their masks off as they cross the stage. We appreciate your adherence to this policy.

Event Venue

The Provident Credit Union Event Center is an accessible building on campus. Students and guests with ADA accessibility needs will enter through the designated entrance on the ground floor of the venue. ADA accessible seating will be available inside of the venue. Should you have any direct questions, please feel free to reach out to The BLOC Program Director, Emerald Green - emerald.green@sjsu.edu