Clear Bag Policy

UC Davis Undergraduate Commencement Clear Bag Policy 

To enhance safety and expedite entry to undergraduate commencement ceremonies, UC Davis will enforce a clear bag policy limiting the size and type of bags allowed into UC Davis University Credit Union Center. This is not a restriction on items you were previously allowed to bring into our venues; it is only a restriction on the type of container used to carry items. All approved bags are also subject to search.

illustrations of the types of clear bags allowed at commencement

Approved bags

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12”W x 6”H x 12”D.
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags.
  • Small clutch bag approximately the size of a hand (no larger than 4.5”W x 6.5”H).
illustrations of bags not allowed at commencement
an illustration showing what camera bag is approved

Prohibited bags include

  • Purses larger than a clutch
  • Mesh bags
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Waist packs
  • Cinch bags
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Hard or soft sided coolers of any size
  • Computer bags
  • Camera bags
  • Paper bags
  • Shopping bags
  • Baskets
  • Seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers
  • Any bag larger than the permissible size

Other prohibited items include

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Umbrellas of any size
  • No poles or sticks – including selfie sticks and tripods
  • Balloons or other inflatable decorations
  • Signs or flags larger than 3’ by 2’
  • Boxes or wrapped packages of any size
  • Noisemakers, such as air horns, whistles or drums
  • Illegal drugs / paraphernalia
  • Smoking and vaping products
  • Fireworks
  • Firearms, knives, explosives, or other weapons
  • Drones
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, etc.
  • Aerosols, mace, or pepper spray
  • Any other item(s) determined by event management to be dangerous or inappropriate will not be allowed into the venue

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will there be any exceptions to the bag policy?
  • Some exceptions will be made for diaper bags, strollers and medically-necessary bags and equipment, but guests should plan additional time for inspection.
  • What is allowed inside of a clear bag?
  • This is not a restriction on items you were previously allowed to bring into our venues; it is only a restriction on the type of container used to carry items. Prohibited bags may not be placed in a clear bag in order to gain entry. The clear bag is to be used as a substitute for any bag that appears on the prohibited list.
  • What is allowed inside of a clutch bag?
  • Personal items may be enclosed in a small clutch bag, approximately the size of a hand. These small bags will be searched.
  • Can I bring a camera, a computer, binoculars or a seat cushion?
  • Yes, you can bring a camera into the venue, as long as you are carrying it or it is inside an approved bag. The same goes for a computer or binoculars. You can also bring a seat cushion, as long as it does not have a cover or pouch, which could function as a bag. Non-prohibited items that are not considered dangerous or inappropriate will be allowed inside the venue.
  • Will there be a place to leave prohibited items/bags inadvertently brought to the venue?
  • University personnel will not be responsible for holding prohibited items during the event. Items left outside the stadium by guests will be disposed of by stadium staff.
  • Why is the university implementing this policy?
  • This new policy for commencement is consistent with what many professional/NCAA sport and event venues have already implemented and is intended to facilitate a safe, timely entry to the venue.