2016 Senior Class Marshal Selection

Application Deadline: Friday, March 27, 11:59 p.m.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a class of 2016 senior class marshal. Marshals are integral to a successful, fun and inclusive senior year. Current 2015 marshals will attest to the fact that serving the University as a marshal is a vastly rewarding experience and allows for a more hands-on appreciation of Carolina pride and tradition.

All interested current juniors are encouraged to apply. Applications are scored blindly — all identifying information is removed during the scoring process.

Being a marshal requires substantial effort, dedication and time. Please do not underestimate the time commitment. All applicants are encouraged to review the following:

Class of 2016 Officer Platform

Ying Lin, president
Brent McKnight, vice president

The last three years at Carolina have been a wonderful and transformative experience for us as a class. In thinking about graduation, its easy to get caught up in networking, job searches, and finishing classes strong. However we want Carolina, and more specifically our senior class, to be more than a network, but rather a launching point built on community. To do that, we want to have a memorable senior year filled with fun, service, and giving back to the university. Like many of you, our goal is to bring everything we have loved about Carolina the last three years and incorporate it into our senior year! As cliche as it sounds, we think you can agree with us that we want 2016 to be our biggest year yet! #letsdoitB16 

Senior week, filled with the Bell Tower Climb, a night at the Morehead Planetarium and last lecture, along with senior year events like bar and trivia nights have become staples of the Carolina senior year experience. We want to follow these traditions while also introducing new events such as Senior Day, a day-long event filled with games and activities to kick off the fall semester! Along with these big events, we will try to build relationships with restaurants and bars on Franklin Street so that we can have senior specific specials every other month to our favorite places in downtown Chapel Hill. Seniors will receive exclusive bracelets at the start of the year that will allow you access to all of 2016’s event.

Service is an integral part of the Carolina Way. We want our class to serve the school and surrounding community that has served us so well. Our goal is not only to “Work Hard, Play Hard,” but also to “Serve Hard.” We will focus on a service event every other month (rotating between social event months) that will aid UNC organizations that many of us are already involved in such as Dance Marathon, HOPE Gardens, and Tarheel Table. Additionally, we want to host a joy prom in the spring semester. 

Leaving Carolina can be daunting and intimidating as you search for jobs, start paying taxes, and begin living more on your own. We want to create opportunities for seniors to network with each other, search for jobs, and learn how to budget effectively. 

Senior Campaign
The senior gift campaign is a way for the senior class to give back to the university. Our goal is 50% class participation, asking all seniors to contribute $20.16 to the campaign. 

The money raised through the senior campaign works to fund student awards, bring guest lecturers to campus, boost merit- and need-based scholarships, and much more. Seniors can designate how the money is spent, so that you can contribute to the part of the Carolina community that means the most to you. But regardless of where you contribute, our goal is to leave a lasting heelprint at UNC. 

Senior Marshal Description

The senior class marshals (senior marshals or marshals) are a select group of diverse, energetic seniors who love UNC and want to help others understand the importance of serving our great University and staying connected to Carolina after graduation. Marshals plan several events and programs that help seniors optimize their final school year and prepare for life after Carolina.  Marshals are some of UNC’s most committed and thoughtful students.  Most importantly, these students themselves recognize the importance of and are eager to instill the importance of giving back to Carolina.

The marshals are led by the elected senior class president and vice president and a selected chief marshal. This group is advised by staff at the General Alumni Association. Marshals are selected during spring semester of the junior year.  All juniors are encouraged to apply.  The selection process begins with an application. Interviews are conducted with those most apparently matching our marshal selection criteria. As senior marshals are selected, the officers and chief marshal make committee assignments and fill committee chair positions.

The marshals assist the class officers in achieving the following goals:

  • foster class unity
  • serve as the official representatives of their classmates
  • build stronger ties between their class and the University, its friends and alumni.

Marshals are responsible for a number of University activities including University Day, May and December Commencements prior to their own graduation. In addition, they assist the Annual Fund office with the senior campaign by encouraging classmates to make a financial contribution to the University prior to graduation.  Marshals also help classmates understand the importance of alumni involvement and assist the General Alumni Association in encouraging seniors to become alumni members of the Association.

Marshals are recognized in all Commencement materials and at other times.

Responsibilities of a marshal include, but are not limited, to:

  • Promote the Senior Campaign and solicit donations from classmates
  • Promote GAA alumni memberships
  • Serve on one committee
  • Serve as a marshal at University Day
  • Serve as a marshal at May and December Commencements
  • Assist the preceeding senior class with senior week events during the junior year
  • Work collectively with class officers and other marshals to execute senior class events and programming
  • Attend and assist with senior class events and programming
  • Attend biweekly all marshal meetings
  • Attend biweekly committee meetings

Senior Class Marshals Bylaws

Selection Timeline

Friday, March 27, 11:59 p.m. Application Deadline*
Thursday, April 2 Interview Notifications (via email)
Monday, April 6 -Wednesday, April 8, 5 – 11 p.m. Interviews** (Alumni Center)
Thursday, April 9 Final Notifications (via email)
Friday, April 10 – Saturday, April 11 Marshal Retreat (Off campus)
Monday, April 13, 9 p.m. All Marshal Meeting (Alumni Center)
Monday, April 20, 9 p.m. All Marshal Meeting (Alumni Center)

Applications must be submitted online by the deadline (Monday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. EST). The deadline will be closely adhered to.**Interview times will be assigned.
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