The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will enforce its policy on carrying clear bags and other items during fall commencement Friday, Dec. 13.
Graduation will be held at 10 a.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center arena. The procession of graduates will begin at 9:45 a.m., according to a news release.
Everyone must go through a security checkpoint to gain entry to the event. All carried items and entrants will be subject to search. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded.
Backpacks, fanny packs and large purses (larger than 10” by 10”) are prohibited. The following bags will be permitted into the arena but will be inspected at bag check locations prior to entry: any clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag no larger than 12”x 6”x12”, and 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 may be granted for medically necessary items after proper inspection).
Other prohibited items include, but are not limited to, artificial noisemakers; 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.
Smoking won’t be allowed inside the building. A section will be available on the arena floor for guests using assistive devices or possessing mobility impairments. Due to limited space, only one person/companion can join those seated in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) section.
UAPB looks forward to a safe, successful event for graduates, their families, and community supporters, according to the release.