For the safety and security of all graduates and guests, please see below for permitted and prohibited items. Please note, security has the right to inspect any item at any time on the basis of safety. All graduates and guests will pass through security gates and a bag check upon entrance to the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Prohibited items must immediately be returned to the owner’s vehicle or disposed of before entering the commencement venue. Failure to do so will result in being denied admittance to the ceremony. In addition, smoking and vaping inside the venue is strictly prohibited. Should individuals, including graduating students, display disruptive behavior or be found in possession of any of these items, they may be immediately removed from the venue and denied access from participating in the ceremony. The Florida State Fairgrounds is an alcohol, tobacco and drug free venue.

Permitted Items:

  • Purses and small bags with personal belongings
  • Necessary medications
  • Umbrellas
  • Cameras and video recorders
  • Strollers
  • Service animals

Prohibited Items:

  • Weapons
  • Beverages of any kind – including alcoholic beverages
  • Glass containers
  • Backpacks
  • Tobacco products of any kind
  • Noisemakers
  • Laser pointers
  • Non-service animals
  • Balloons
  • Banners
  • Signage