Regulations - Clear Bag Policy and Security

We want everyone to have a memorable experience at our commencement ceremonies in the Ferrell Center. The foundation of that experience is providing a safe and secure venue. Adopting a clear bag policy will help us to ensure each person's safety so that they can create positive lasting memories.

Under this policy:

  • All graduates and guests will walk through metal detectors in order to enter the Ferrell Center. Graduates should wear their gowns open as they walk through.
  • All graduates, faculty, families and guests may carry one clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, or a one-gallon, re-sealable plastic freezer bag when they enter the Ferrell Center.
  • Small clutches approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, measuring no larger than 4½ inches by 6½ inches, are also permitted.
    Exceptions will be made for medically necessary bags or equipment, which will be inspected upon entry to the Ferrell Center.