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Fall Convocation

Safety & Security

To provide a safe environment for attendees, the University has implemented a clear bag policy and is utilizing metal detectors for Fall Convocation. These security enhancements mirror those used for recent events at Scott Stadium, the John Paul Jones Arena, the Concert for Charlottesville, and the Bicentennial Launch Celebration.
Security enhancements include: 
  • Metal detectors: Metal detectors will be used at all entrances to the John Paul Jones Arena beginning at 12:30 p.m.
  • Clear Bag Policy: Attendees will only be able to carry the following style and size bag into the John Paul Jones Arena:
    • A bag that is clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and does not exceed 12”x6”x12”
    • A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
    • One small clutch bag, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken to the event with one of the clear plastic bags.

All other bags will not be permitted. A list of prohibited bags includes, but is not limited to: purses, backpacks, drawstring bags that are not clear, briefcases, coolers, fanny packs, luggage, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases, and diaper bags.

A limited number of complimentary clear bags will be available for guests outside of John Paul Jones Arena (while supplies last).

Recipients of Intermediate Honors must enter the John Paul Jones Arena using the East (Student) Entrance off of Massie Road. Students will pass through a security checkpoint and will proceed to the arena floor.