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Commencement Clear Bag Policy

To provide a safer environment for guests and to ease entry into event venues, a Clear Bag Policy will be implemented for all commencement ceremonies, beginning in December 2019.

WVU’s Clear Bag Policy limits the size and type of bags that guests may bring into an event venue.

Starting in December, prohibited items include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag, diaper bags, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, any bag larger than the permissible size and non-approved seat cushions or chair backs larger than 16” that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers.

Guests are allowed to bring the following:

  1. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag, for example).
  2. Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand (4.5” x 6.5”), with or without a handle or strap. A small clutch bag can be taken into the venue in addition to a clear bag.
  3. Bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or pvc and does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”.
  4. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at an assigned designated gate.

Guests with prohibited bags cannot enter. 


At your commencement ceremony, only the bags shown below will be allowed in the event venues.

Clear bag      

Clear Bag

12” x 6” x 12”

Small Clutch Bag      

Small Clutch Bag

4.5” x 6.5”

Plastic Storage Bag      

Plastic Storage Bag

One Gallon

Please remind your guests ahead of time that other purses, backpacks, etc. cannot be brought with them. The Clear Bag policy has been adopted for everyone’s safety.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need tickets?

For December and May commencement, family and guests of a graduate do not need tickets. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Where do I register and check in?

For December graduation graduates must report to the Coliseum's 3rd level Country Roads gate one hour before the ceremony to check-in and receive instructions for line-up.

For May graduation details on check in will be announced based on your college's assigned date, time, and location of graduation. Please visit the May Ceremony page for the date, time, and location of your graduation ceremony.

What is the appropriate graduation attire?

All graduates must wear academic regalia (cap and gown). The only substitution for the cap and gown is military dress.

Official WVU regalia is available at the two WVUBookstore locations and online at Herff Jones. Please purchase all caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods prior to Commencement. No regalia will be sold at the venue.

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