Thank you for volunteering to be a reader at one of our college degree celebrations. Dates and times are listed on the right. Instructions are below.
The first student in each major will hand you a sheet with the name of the major printed on it. It will say: "Dean Boehm-Davis, we present candidates for the degree of bachelor of arts/science in . . .." Read this first, and then the name of the student.
The students will hand you their name cards as they arrive onstage. Read ONLY the student's name; i.e., no nicknames ("The Boomer"), comments ("Thanks, Mom and Dad" or "I love you Suzie"), double majors, or minors.
Since there are two lines of students and two readers, you will have time to lean forward, if necessary, between students, and ask the next student to say his/her name. For difficult names (or even easy ones), this makes it easier to repeat them immediately.
Pace things at an even clip so that it moves fairly quickly, but try to keep students from bunching up while waiting to shake the dean's hand (usually this translates into about a three-second count, but may need to be adjusted as you go).