Spring Commencement update: One Cards, clear bag policy


Carolina’s Spring Commencement ceremony is just around the corner and the Class of 2024 will be celebrated.  

The University will employ some additional safety measures this year to support safety for everyone. Please note that these new policies will apply to the main ceremony in Kenan Stadium, the Doctoral Hooding ceremony and all school, department and other smaller group ceremonies. 

New this year, graduates will need to present their UNC One Card to enter the seating area in Kenan Stadium. Event officials will also enforce a clear bag policy for all Commencement ceremonies. Please also note the list below of prohibited items. 

Main University Commencement Ceremony in Kenan Stadium

7 p.m., Saturday, May 11 

  • Graduates should arrive in the Loudermilk parking lot at 5:30 p.m.
  • Graduates will enter the stadium through the tunnels and go straight to the seating area. Staff will be on hand to direct.
  • Graduates will need to present their One Card to enter the seating area. 

Clear Bag Policy

Guests are encouraged to leave all bags at home, but the following items will be allowed into Commencement venues: 

  • Any clear plastic or vinyl bag no larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″, including gallon freezer bags.
  • Small clutch purses no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″.
  • Necessary medical items following inspection at entry gates.
  • Up to two unopened 20 ounce or smaller bottles of water per person and empty drink containers that can be filled up at drinking fountains.
  • More Information: Kenan Stadium Policy 

Prohibited Items

Alcoholic beverages, artificial noise makers, baby seats, large bags, balloons, banners, flags and signs (larger than 8 ½” x 11”), signs on sticks or other devices, beach balls, coolers or containers, explosives, fireworks, folding chairs, food and beverages (except sealed plastic water bottles), illegal drugs, laser pointers, pets (except service animals), strollers (non-collapsible), umbrellas, weapons of any kind, any other item that in the judgment of management staff poses a safety hazard or detracts from the ability of others to enjoy the event. 

All permissible bags and containers are subject to search upon entry.  

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with these safety measures. 

For additional information about Spring Commencement, please visit the Commencement website. 





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