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Clear bag policy in effect for Thompson-Boling graduations

Leave all seflie sticks, backpacks and noisemakers at home this graduation season! Thompson-Boling has typical security measures in place for spring commencement.

Knoxville — Hundreds of students will receive their degrees this spring.

UTK will hold most of their commencement ceremonies inside Thompson-Boling arena, as will Knox County for area high schools.

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A clear bag policy will be in effect during all commencement ceremonies. Guests will be allowed to enter the arena with one clear plastic bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.

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Items ALLOWED in the arena:

-Small clutch purses no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches

-Mobile phones

-Binoculars, cameras and video cameras (without cases)

-Diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children (must be carried in a clear bag)

-Medically necessary items that must be carried in a specific bag. The non-clear bag will need to sized proportionately to the size of the medical need.

-Umbrella strollers


-Non-clear bags of any size

-Diaper bags

-Backpacks (of any size)

-Alcoholic beverages

-Cans, bottles, coolers

-Outside food, snacks, beverages

-Open umbrellas

-Selfie sticks

-Unmanned aircraft

-Large bags or parcels, including backpacks and purses

-Weapons, including pocket knives

-Hover boards


-Artificial noisemakers

-Large travel strollers

-Posters and signage

-Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited inside the arena at all times

For more information visit commencement.utk.edu