Jeff Chamberlain Is New University Marshal

Posted: May 4, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lynn Burke

Commencement ceremonies are rich with tradition and pageantry, and George Mason’s Commencement on Saturday, May 12, will be no exception. Leading the ceremony this year will be a new university marshal-Jeff Chamberlain, chair of the Modern and Classical Languages Department. Chamberlain replaces long-time marshal Michael McDermott, who retired last year.

And what exactly does the marshal do? “The marshal makes sure that everyone is in the right place at the right time,” says Chamberlain. The position is honorary, he adds, but it has involved meeting with Events Management and the faculty marshals to decide what to do and how to do it.

In the past, McDermott had spoken to students at the Commencement rehearsal, and Chamberlain plans to continue the practice. At that time, he will explain the traditions surrounding graduations and academic regalia. The next day, Chamberlain will rehearse with the platform party, which includes the university president, the Board of Visitors, speakers, and others.

On the day of Commencement, Chamberlain will lead the procession carrying the university mace. “I’m looking forward to it,” he says.

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