Commencement

Security Information

Security personnel will search bags. Once bags have been searched, all guests and graduates will be asked to take their cell phones and car keys out of their pockets and pass them around the metal detector. All guests and graduates will then pass through the walk-through metal detector. If the device detects something, that person will be checked with a hand-held wand only in the area where the alert was detected. If necessary, there will be a light pat-down of the area where the alert occurred.

Student Inspections

All students will be visually inspected upon entry to the lining up area. Be prepared to open your gown for visual inspection. No backpacks or alcohol is allowed. We encourage you to not bring other bags or purses as there is no secure location to store them and they are not allowed on the field.

Any items deemed by the University of Washington Bothell staff to be inappropriate or possibly disruptive of other guests’ enjoyment are prohibited. Violators are subject to removal from the arena and to applicable disciplinary action and/or legal action.

Guest Inspections

All bags and purses will be inspected upon entry to the arena. Packages need to be unwrapped or wrapped in such a way that the contents inside can be seen.

Any items deemed by the University of Washington Bothell staff to be inappropriate or possibly disruptive of other guests’ enjoyment are prohibited. Violators are subject to removal from the stadium and to applicable disciplinary action and/or legal action.

UW Clear Bag Policy

In an effort to improve fan safety, the University of Washington has implemented a bag policy for all athletics events held in Husky Stadium, Alaska Airlines Arena, Husky Softball Stadium, Husky Ballpark, and Husky Soccer Stadium. This policy limits the size and types of bags that are permitted inside these venues, but is not a restriction on many of the items that fans have brought into these venues in the past. This policy will enhance safety at our events as a clear bag is easily and quickly searched.
 
Clear Bag Policy
Approved bags include clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12", one-gallon clear, re-sealable plastic storage bags, and small clutch bags no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" (approximately the size of a hand) with or without a handle or strap. Prohibited bags include but are not limited to purses, backpacks, diaper bags, binocular cases, camera cases, fanny packs, luggage, seat cushions with a zipper, any bag larger than the permissible size, and any bag that is not clear.

Clear bags are available for purchase at the Husky Team Store, both in-venue and online here.

Fans are encouraged to bring only necessary items to Washington athletics events. All guests and items are subject to search. In an effort to better communicate and enforce approved and prohibited items, please review the following items allowed into Husky athletics events:
  • Service animals*
  • Banners and flags (must be handheld)
  • Binoculars and cameras for still photography
  • Seat cushions (no zippers or pockets)
  • Containers (empty or factory-sealed plastic water bottles and thermoses and unopened soft-sided juice boxes and baby bottles)
  • Medically necessary items, liquids, or food
  • Strollers
  • Approved bags
  • Umbrellas
  • Single servings of food
  • Blankets
  • Necessary personal items (keys, cell phone, etc.)

*Service animals are animals that have been trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.

Any item not on the list of approved items will not be allowed into any of these venues unless otherwise approved and properly inspected. Special considerations will be made for guests with special medical needs and individuals caring for infants.

Frequently asked questions

How many bags can each person bring into a venue?
Each person is allowed one (1) clear bag and one (1) small clutch. The clear bag must be no larger than 12" x 6" x 12", made of clear PVC vinyl, or a one-gallon Ziploc bag. The small clutch allows for privacy for small personal items and will also be searched. Every member of a party may carry in a permissible bag.


May I carry cameras, binoculars, cell phones, or tablets separately from what I put in a clear bag?
Yes. There are limitations only on the types of bags carried into these venues, not items that fans normally bring to events. Fans can continue to carry approved items in their pockets or hands such as keys, cell phones, wallets, makeup, blankets, etc., if you choose not to put them in a clear bag or clutch. In addition, you can carry a blanket over your arms, and binoculars and/or cameras around your neck or in your hands without the case and use the clear bag and clutch to carry other items. You will continue to have the flexibility to bring a wide variety of approved items into these venues.

Are seat cushions allowed to be carried into Husky athletics events?
Yes. Only approved seat cushions that do not have pockets or zippers may be carried into these venues.

Are blankets in cold weather allowed into these venues?
Yes. Fans are able to bring blankets by carrying them in over your arm or shoulder.

Are all purses prohibited?
No. Small clutch purses no larger than 4.5" x 6.5", with or without a handle or strap, are permitted along with a clear bag or one-gallon plastic bag.

What happens if I show up at the entrance with a bag that is not permitted?
Fans with a prohibited bag will not be permitted inside these venues. Fans with prohibited bags will need to return their bags to their vehicle and transfer their belongings to an approved clear plastic bag before entering a Husky athletics event.

What do I do if I have certain medical items or equipment that I need to bring into a venue?
Fans with medically necessary items may enter at any gate but will be subject to additional screening. Supervisors at each entrance will assist.

Are diaper bags allowed into these venues?
Diaper bags that are clear and adhere to the bag policy requirements are permitted. All other types of diaper bags will not be allowed into Husky athletics events.

COVID protocol

The University of Washington Bothell will follow the health guidance of the State of Washington and King County Health Department for COVID protocols for this year’s commencement ceremonies.

Masks are not required but are strongly recommended.

*If you feel sick, test positive or have been exposed to COVID-19 please do not attend the ceremony.

June 15, 2022

Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion

Ceremony 1

  • Student check-in: 11AM
  • Doors open: 12 PM
  • Procession starts: 1 p.m. 

Ceremony 2

  • Students check-in: 3pm
  • Doors open at 4 p.m.
  • Procession at 5 p.m.

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