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2016 Guidelines: Prohibited Items in the Stadium at Commencement

Students and their families and friends attending the University of Oklahoma’s 2016 Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13, are asked to leave behind certain items that are prohibited because of security reasons.

All who enter The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 W. Brooks St., for Commencement are subject to search as are all carried items.

Except for items pertaining to medical conditions or child care, all bags, backpacks, large cases for binoculars or other items, fanny packs and large purses (larger than 10-inch-by-10-inch) are prohibited. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded, and any unlawful items are subject to confiscation.

Other prohibited items include:

  • alcoholic and other beverages (empty water bottles will be allowed and water is available for purchase inside the stadium)
  • balloons
  • banners and signs
  • beach balls
  • explosives
  • fanny packs
  • food and beverages
  • folding chairs or stools (stadium seats with armrests without pockets are allowed; stadium seats will be available for rental for $5 each)
  • hover boards
  • ice chests, coolers and other similar containers
  • laser pointers
  • all noise makers (e.g., air horns, whistles)
  • pets (other than service animals)
  • personal heaters
  • selfie sticks
  • umbrellas
  • weapons

Items that are allowed for Commencement and Convocations only include stadium seats as described above, cameras and video cameras, baby strollers and baby seats.

Guests also are reminded that all facilities of the University of Oklahoma are tobacco, electronic cigarette and vaping device-free. The use of all tobacco products including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes and vaping devices is prohibited anywhere on the OU grounds or campus.

In the event of severe weather, Commencement will be moved to Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S. Jenkins Ave. For more information on the inclement weather plan for Commencement, please visit www.ou.edu/commencement on the left of the screen click on Commencement Information and then Inclement Weather Plan.

For the latest information on Commencement and the individual college convocations and receptions, please visit ou.edu/commencement.