Graduates and guests look forward to this milestone with excitement and anticipation. For many guests, Commencement is their first visit to our campus. The ceremony and appropriate behavior by the graduates and their guests will create positive memories for all who attend. 

Permitted Areas

Only graduates and Commencement personnel will be permitted in graduate areas. No children or guests will be permitted in the graduate seating or on stage.


All bags are subject to search by event staff and University Police. For security purposes, all attendees are encouraged to keep items to a minimum.

There are no secure places to store personal items before or during the ceremony. Small personal items, such as phones and wallets, must be carried in a pocket or a small bag under the gown. Graduates are not permitted to carry items across the stage other than their diploma cover.

Prohibited Items 

  • Outside food and drink
  • Helium balloons
  • Drones
  • All bags/packages larger than 16”x16”
  • Any missile type objects
  • All large signs/banners
  • Any pole-mounted flags/signs
  • Laser pointers
  • Weapons
  • Coolers
  • Smoking, including e-cigarettes
  • All objects deemed inappropriate for any arena events