Security for Commencement Weekend 2017

Please stay tuned to this website for updated details regarding security information for the 2017 Commenement exercises. 

The gates will open at Williams Stadium and the Graduate Line-up Location (Osborne Stadium) at 6:00 a.m.  Please be prepared to go through security before entering both locations (see below for prohibited items).  Please follow all instructions of security and event staff while going through security and within Williams Stadium.  

All graduates will be required to wear a Commencement wristband to enter through security.  This wristband will be obtained by checking in at Commencement Check-in on Friday, May 12.  If you cannot make it to Commencement Check-in, you may obtain one of these wristbands for entrance by visiting the Commencement information tent at the Osborne Stadium before going through the security checkpoint at this location.  We strongly encourage not waiting until Saturday to check-in due to crowd sizes and time limitations.  

Visit our Security FAQ page for more details regarding questions for the what to expect while on campus for President Trump's visit.  

Prohibited Items

  • Aerosols to include silly string
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Ammunition
  • Animals other than service/ guide dogs
  • Backpacks
  • Bags and signs exceeding size restrictions (see Clear Bag Policy)
  • Balloons
  • Bicycles
  • Bottled drinks/water
  • Coolers or containers
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Glass, thermal, or metal containers
  • Hoverboards/skateboards
  • Illegal drugs
  • Illegal weapons
  • Laser pointers
  • Mace/pepper spray
  • Packages
  • Selfie sticks
  • Structures
  • Supports for signs and placards
  • Toy guns
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Wrapped gifts
  • Any other item determined to be a potential hazard


Allowable Items (all bags/containers will be searched)

  • Binoculars
  • Cameras
  • Cellphones
  • Chairback stadium seats/seat cushions
  • Snacks
  • Strollers/wheelchairs/folding chairs


Clear Bag Policy

In an effort to enhance safety and expedite entrance to Williams Stadium, Liberty University has implemented a new clear bag policy. Only clear tote bags that do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”, or one-gallon plastic freezer bags, will be allowed in Williams Stadium. In addition, small handheld clutch purses no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” will be permitted. All guests should be prepared to go through security bag checks prior to entry into the Commencement  and Baccalaureate venues


Bag Checks

All guests should be prepared to go through security bag checks prior to entry to the Commencement and Baccalaureate venues.

Commencement Security FAQ