UT Austin Changes Commencement Security Procedures

Because of heightened security concerns after recent national events, additional safety procedures will be in place for upcoming Commencement ceremonies at The University of Texas at Austin.

Backpacks, tote bags or any bags larger than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed into any of the Commencement venues.  This applies to college, school and departmental ceremonies as well as the university-wide Commencement ceremony at the Tower.  The current policy prohibiting coolers, picnic baskets, lawn chairs and large strollers also remains in effect.

In addition, all other bags, including purses, camera cases and diaper bags will be searched by security officers before visitors are permitted to enter the South, Main, East and West Malls for the University-wide ceremony.  These smaller bags are also subject to search at the college, school and departmental ceremonies.

We strongly urge all attendees not to bring bags to any of the ceremonies unless they are absolutely necessary. Those visitors bringing the smaller bags should expect delays in order to enter the venue and those with the prohibited larger bags will be turned away.   Please plan accordingly.  Do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected.


Members of the media who receive credentials in advance of the Commencement ceremonies will be permitted to bring necessary equipment to the South Mall event and other commencement ceremonies. Credentials will be available in Room 121 of the Main Building from 8 am 5 pm on May 15-16. Additional details will be provided in the coming days.