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Commencement 2015

University-wide Ceremony New Security Procedures

To assist with making your visit to campus safe and enjoyable, please note the following safety procedures are in place:

Public Seating for the University-Wide Commencement ceremony on the Main, East and South Malls will be open at 5:00 p.m.

For your safety, the following items are NOT allowed in the seating area:

  • Backpacks
  • Tote Bags
  • Bags Larger than 12 Inches
    (in any dimension)
  • Pets (except service dogs)
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Coolers
  • Lawn Chairs
  • Picnic Baskets
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas

Security officers will search all bags before attendees will be permitted to enter. Those with prohibited items will be turned away.

Thank you for your cooperation.




Public Seating

Public seating on the Main, South and East malls for guests attending the university-wide Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 23, will be open beginning at 5 p.m. For the safety of guests, and to allow for final preparations by workers within the seating area, no one will be allowed to enter the seating area prior to 5 p.m.

At 5 p.m., admission to the Main, South and East malls will be on a first come, first served basis so everyone planning to attend the ceremony will have an equal opportunity for seating. For this reason, it is not possible to save seats. No tickets are required for Commencement guests. Standing in aisles will not be allowed.

Beginning at 6 p.m., guest seating will also be available in adjacent indoor air-conditioned locations where a live video telecast can be viewed in comfort.

Guests attending Commencement activities are asked to assist in maintaining a Tobacco-Free environment on campus. Use of tobacco is not allowed on the university campus.

For additional information regarding security procedures for the College/School Convocations please see the following page: College, School and Departmental Convocations Security.