The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff reminds the community about the graduation and the security measures.


The 160th commencement will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The procession will begin at 2:45 p.m. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Gwendolyn Elizabeth Boyd, D. Min., who was the first woman president of Alabama State University, an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the 22nd national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.


UAPB also issued a reminder about security procedures during the graduation.


“Family, friends and graduates are asked to assist security by abiding by the following rules: All carried items and entrants are subject to search. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded,” according to a news release.


1. Security Check Points: Everyone must go through a security check-point to gain entry to the commencement.


2. Clear Bag Policy: Backpacks, fanny packs, and large purses (larger than 10” by 10”) won’t be allowed.


The following bags will be permitted into the arena: but they will be inspected at bag check locations prior to entry: Any clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag no larger than 12”x 6”x12”; Any clear plastic freezer bag 1 gallon or smaller; Small purses or clutch bags no larger than 5.5 x 8.5” (approximately the size of a hand) with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium in addition to one of the clear plastic bags. (Exceptions are typically granted for medically necessary items after proper inspection)


Other items that won’t be allowed include artificial noise makers, beach balls, balloons, glitter, confetti, streamers, food and beverages; umbrellas, pets (with the exception of service animals); weapons, toilet tissue and alcohol.


Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation and the person in possession of such items is subject to arrest, according to the release.