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Liz Mcmahan a Culture & Expression Major Gets Interviewed in a New Series on yFile

Liz Mcmahan a Culture & Expression Major Gets Interviewed in a New Series on yFile

How long have you been with York University, and what is your role?
I have worked in University Events and Ceremonies at York for seven years. In my role, I manage the planning and execution of academic ceremonies including convocation and Orientation Day as well as other ceremonies and large events.

Liz McMahan

Describe a typical work day at York for you? My day starts with saying hello to my colleagues on the way to my office. I then review my calendar to see what meetings are happening that day so that I can prepare for them, and read my new email. The rest of the day I’m often busy communicating and meeting with colleagues, campus partners and vendors about plans for upcoming events or strategizing new and improved ways of doing things at convocation. I also sit on the board of the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO) as the director at large for education, so I can also be found liaising with academic ceremonies professionals from across the continent sharing what we do at York and learning about new opportunities for our ceremonies.

What do you enjoy most about working at York University?
I love being in a position where I get to celebrate our students. Despite how stressful planning a large event can be, I am always mindful that convocation is one of those BIG life moments that people look back on over the years. My goal is to make each student feel personally recognized and celebrated for their achievement when they cross the stage and become a graduate. It’s a privilege to be part of making that celebration happen.

Where is your favourite place on campus and why?
My favourite place on campus is the Faire Fecan Theatre. I worked in arts administration for many years and so I love any opportunity to be in a theatre with all of that creative energy. Plus, the Performance Facilities team is such a great group to work with!

Describe York University using one word: Diverse

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