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