A graduate shows off his unique mortar board, which contains a three-dimensional sculpture made of pencils; photo: Dominick Reuter

Commencement security information for guests

Please remain alert to these pages for the most up-to-date security information, as some details are not finalized until the week leading up to Commencement. Thank you.

General security information

Metal detectors will be in place at the entrance to Killian Court. It will be helpful to discuss security measures with the members of your party ahead of time so everyone knows what to expect. Guests are advised to pack lightly for the day because all items taken into Killian Court are subject to search—the less you are carrying, the more quickly your party will be able to proceed through security.

Please consider the appearance of some objects, such as key ring tools/accessories, and leave anything that could be perceived as dangerous at home or in your hotel room. Prohibited items will be confiscated and not returned.

Service animals are welcome at Commencement, but no other pets of any size will be permitted inside Killian Court. Further, we discourage balloons or anything else that would block others’ view of the ceremony. Guests may carry an umbrella, but open umbrellas are not permitted while seated.

Guests are advised to carry government-issued ID (such as driver’s licenses, state ID cards, or passports).

Although you can expect security measures to take a little time at the point of entry to Killian Court, our staff will be there to welcome you.