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Bag Check Policy

Santa Clara University is committed to creating a safe and enjoyable experience for all those attending Commencement Weekend. Heightened security demands all bags be subject to search upon entry into Bellomy Field, Locatelli Center, and Stevens Stadium. By entering these venues, you consent to such searches and waive any related claims that you may have. To facilitate entry and avoid additional screening, we respectfully request that attendees adhere to the allowed and prohibited items list. The bag check policy applies to the Commencement Liturgy, Graduate Commencement, Undergraduate Commencement, and Graduation Picnic.

While no outside food or beverage is allowed, hydration stations are available throughout Stevens Stadium. We encourage guests to bring one (1) empty water bottle no larger than one (1)-liter. Personal bottles must be completely empty upon entering each facility. Graduates will have a sealed bottled water under their seats. Concessions will sell food and beverage at both ends of Stevens Stadium on Saturday.

Bag check stations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for any bags or items not approved to bring inside Stevens Stadium or Bellomy Field. Any items posing a safety threat are subject to search. The north station is located outside the entrance to the Main Parking Structure. The south station is located between Locatelli Center and the Leavey Parking Lot. On Friday, June 15th, only the north station is open 3:30 - 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 16th, both locations are open 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Remaining possessions left at closing will be confiscated.

To avoid considerable delay, we encourage guests to arrive before graduates process into Stevens Stadium promptly at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. See the schedule of events for both Friday and Saturday for gate opening times.

Allowed Items

  • One clear tote bag no larger than 12”w x 6’’d x 12’’h
    OR plastic storage bag no larger than one (1)-gallon
  • One small clutch bag or purse no larger than 4.5” x 6’’
  • Sunscreen
  • Seat cushions or pads (no chair backs)
  • Non-professional cameras or binoculars (no carrying case or equipment bag)  
  • One (1) empty water bottle no larger than one (1)-liter  
  • Prescription medicine labeled with a matching ID (must declare at entry)
  • Laptops or tablets (no carrying case or equipment bag)  
  • Strollers
  • Small hand-held flags, posters or signs no larger than 8.5’’ x 11’’

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal substances (incl. narcotics) and drug paraphernalia
  • All forms of tobacco, incl. smokeless and electronic, or smoking instruments
  • Alcohol
  • Outside food or beverage
  • Glass containers
  • Coolers of any size
  • Balloons, beach balls or other inflatable objects
  • Backpacks, duffel bags or luggage
  • Bicycles or skateboards
  • Motorized carts or scooters (unless ADA assisted device)
  • Canopies or tents
  • Parasols or umbrellas
  • Portable chairs
  • Pets (except registered service animals)
  • Professional still camera equipment, incl. detachable lenses, tripods, large zoom lenses or commercial-use camera assemblies
  • Audio or video recording equipment
  • Drones, kites or other flying objects
  • Large flags, posters, signs, or other objects that obstructs the view of others (no poles or sticks)
  • Confetti poppers, horns, noise makers or whistles
  • Laser lights or pointers
  • Large chains or spiked jewelry (spikes longer than ¼’’ will be confiscated)
  • Fireworks, firecrackers, sparklers or other flammable items