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Items Not Permitted During Commencement

  • No alcohol
  • No tripods
  • No large photographic equipment
  • No umbrellas
  • No balloons or confetti cannons

Clear Bag Policy

The Clear Bag Policy is applicable to all guests entering venues through a pass gate unless they are credentialed media or staff. 

Approved Bag Examples

LB Bag

Clear Tote

Clear bag

Plastic Storage Bag

Bag sizes

Small Clutch Bag

Prohibited Bag Examples

Prohibited bags


What happens if I show up at a gate with a bag that is not permitted?

Guests and participants carrying bags that do not comply with the Clear Bag Policy will be asked to return their bags to their vehicle and transfer their belongings to an approved clear plastic bag before entering the venue. CSULB will not accept responsibility for storing or checking unpermitted items at this time.

Where can the one-gallon clear plastic storage bag or the 12" by 6" by 12" clear bag be purchased?

The one-gallon clear plastic storage bag (i.e. Ziploc bag) can be found at any local grocery store. The 12" by 6" by 12" clear bag can be purchased through the University Bookstore in store, online, and at their booths during Commencement.

Are all purses prohibited?

No. Unlike other venues, we are not banning all bags. Small clutch bags (no larger than 4.5" x 6.5"), with or without a handle or strap, are permitted along with either the approximate 12" by 6" by 12" clear tote bag or the one-gallon clear plastic storage bag.

What about diaper bags?

Diaper bags are allowed but will be searched upon entry. Infant for which bag is being carried must be present. Bags carrying items that are medical in nature, such as prescription medication, breast pumps and other special medical equipment, will be permitted after being searched upon entry.

If I have special medical equipment I need to have with me at all times, where do I put that?

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection by the respective gate supervisor.

Do I have to put everything I'm carrying into the permissible bags?

No. We are limiting only the type of bags carried into the venue. Therefore, you can carry in your pockets or jacket (keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc.) if you choose not to put them in a clear bag or clutch.

What about bringing blankets and extra jackets/clothing in cold weather?

Guests and graduates will be able to bring these items into the ceremony venues by tossing them over a shoulder or arm. Items that are folded up will have to be opened up in order to gain entry into the ceremony venue.

How does the new policy improve public safety?

Any prohibited item at the gate will be highly visible and more quickly identified. Prohibited bags will be turned away. Clear bags are easily and quickly searched and greatly reduce faulty bag searches. It also supports the Department of Homeland Security's "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign.

How does this make it more convenient for guests and graduates?

This will enable us to move guests and participants through our gates much faster. Staff will be more efficient and effective in checking bags that are brought into ceremony venues. There will be less time spent standing in lines at the gates, allowing guests and graduates more time to get to their seats prior to the event.