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Ceremony Notifications

Important Enhanced Safety and Security Measures

We proactively take steps to implement enhanced safety and security measures for the upcoming Commencement Ceremony, which will include bag searches and visual checks upon entering the building.  Graduates and guests can help this process by bringing only essential items. Backpacks, packages, and over-sized purses will not be permitted in the facility.

A full list of prohibited items for the Pan American Center can be viewed at

Due to time constrains in quickly processing the student lines, Graduates will not be permitted to carry bags of any kind into the facility and will be required to open their gowns to allow for a visual search.  Please leave any items that may be in question in your vehicle or other location, as we will not be providing a bag-check service to hold your items.

Traffic Notifications

Often times there is traffic congestion with large events at the Pan American Center but that will be compounded during the Commencement Ceremonies. Please allow for additional time to arrive and exit the Pan American Center Parking areas.