Fourth Year Trustees

Class of 2023 Fourth Year Trustees Application

Trustees are expected to play a crucial role in the life of their class. Trustees focus on bringing together the graduating class and creating a lasting and permanent affection for the University and the Alumni Association. More specifically, Class Trustees assist in planning activities for the class, including: social events, graduation activities, wellness programs, career and alumni relations events. Trustees are also responsible for selecting a Valediction speaker, maintaining class communications, and executing a class giving program. Trustees work with the President and Vice President of the class, as well as advisors from the Alumni Association and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Trustees will be selected based on their ability to represent and network with the Class of 2023. Diversity within the Trustee body will be a priority. Previous leadership positions are not as important as the ability and willingness to communicate with different and varied groups of classmates. We will seek to have a diverse representation based on: undergraduate school, academic programs, gender, ethnicity/culture, and different social communities. In effect, Trustees will be expected to actively represent such groups by relaying relevant information to them, encouraging them to participate in fourth-year events, and generally working to involve their individual communities in the greater community of the Class of 2023. 

Eligibility Requirements

In order to serve as a Class of 2023 Trustee, students must fulfill specific requirements:

  • Applicants must be preparing to graduate from any of the undergraduate schools in the academic year 2022–2023.
  • Every Trustee commits to serve for six years: 2022–2023, and the 5 years following graduation.
  • Trustees are required to attend general body meetings held every 2 weeks (dates TBD) during the 2022-2023 academic year, in addition to committee meetings which may occur on a weekly basis.
  • Trustees are expected to attend and support all Trustee-related activities, regardless of the sponsoring committee. It is important to realize that the meetings are not the only time commitments of Trustees. The majority of the work is done outside of formal meetings in the planning and implementation of events.
  • All Trustees are also required to solicit donations for the class giving campaign.
  • Finally, in addition to the primary responsibilities outlined above, those selected must also serve on one of the committees below. (Note: Committees may be altered by the Officers as they see fit to meet the needs of the Class.)
    • Careers and Alumni Relations: Responsible for planning the professional activities for the class, including publicizing career services for students and planning events to ease members’ transitions into the career/post-graduate environment.
    • Class Giving: Responsible for organizing a marketing strategy to motivate a record number of people to participate in the Class Giving Program. Publicize and cultivate support for the Giving Program throughout the Class, and organize events to increase participation.
    • Diversity & Outreach: Responsible for organizing events that celebrate and recognize underrepresented groups on Grounds and for creating initiatives that generate spirit for the University and the Class of 2023.
    • Social: Responsible for planning and organizing numerous and diverse activities to entertain and foster unity among class members.
    • Big Events: Responsible for planning large-scale social events designed to foster class identity and fun for the class.
    • Graduation: Plan and organize the valediction ceremonies and related events. Select the Valediction Speaker. Work with University administration to ensure the Class of 2023 has an adequate voice in graduation concerns.
    • Wellness: Responsible for planning programs and events that promote health and well-being. 

Selections Timeline:

  • Submit your application online by 11:59 p.m. on March 16.
  • The newly elected officers will read the applications, contact applicants by email, and interview select candidates through the end of March.
  • A final list of Fourth Year Trustees will be selected no later than April 3.

Important Dates to Mark if Selected:

  • First Meeting: TBD (the week of April 3rd)
  • Workshop: Sunday, April 24th, 10:00 a.m.-Noon (Alumni Hall)
  • Final Meeting: Sunday, May 1st, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (Alumni Hall)
  • Final Exercises Weekend (as available, May 20th-22nd)

For more information, please contact Mary Elizabeth Luzar at maryelizabeth@virginia.edu.