SAFETY AND SECURITY



Cal State LA is committed to creating a safe and comfortable experience for the graduating students and their guests. All attendees will go through security checkpoints, metal detectors, and possible bag searches. To hold your personal belongings, we recommend a small bag that you can easily carry. Backpacks and large bags will not be allowed. Smoking cigarettes and electronic cigarettes are only allowed at designated locations. Please make sure to read all the guidelines provided below.

All attendees should expect an environment where:

  • All attendees will be treated in a consistent, professional, and courteous manner by all personnel.
     
  • All attendees agree to follow the venue’s health and safety policies, as well as all applicable Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, local, state and federal orders, regulations and ordinances pertaining to health and safety at all times while at the venue. Health and safety policies may be posted throughout the venue and on tickets.
     
  • All attendees are not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages at the event and venue. Intervention with an impaired, intoxicated, or underage attendee will be handled in a prompt and safe manner. Cal State LA and the Los Angeles Convention Center reserve the right to deny entry into the venue and/or refuse service to attendees displaying visible signs of impairment/intoxication.
     
  • All attendees must always possess a valid ticket and/or credential and provide it when requested.
     
  • All attendees are permitted to sit or stand during the ceremony if they are only occupying the area in front of their ticketed seat. Standing in aisles, and/or on chairs is strictly prohibited.
     
  • All attendees who engage in disruptive behavior (including foul/abusive language or obscene gestures), fighting, throwing objects, or attempting to enter the stage will be immediately ejected from the venue.
     
  • All attendees will not smoke inside the venue and will only do so at designated locations.
     
  • All attendees will comply with all requests from Cal State LA staff and/or venue personnel regarding facility operations and emergency response procedures.
     
  • All attendees are expected to report any incident, concern, or inappropriate behavior to Cal State LA staff and/or venue personnel as soon as possible.
     
  • The Los Angeles Convention Center security staff have been trained to intervene where necessary to help ensure that the above expectations are met, and attendees are encouraged to report any inappropriate behavior to the nearest Security. Attendees who choose not to adhere to these provisions will be subject to ejection and may also violate city ordinances resulting in possible arrest and prosecution. Venue Management reserves the right to approve, adjust, or enforce any policy at their discretion.

Thank you for understanding and adhering to all Code of Conduct.

The following items are not allowed inside the Los Angeles Convention Center:

  • Alcohol
  • Balloons (helium, with string)
  • Beverages (inside West Hall)
  • Bicycles
  • Bottles and cans (no single use plastic water bottles allowed)
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Drones
  • Drugs
  • Fireworks
  • Flags with poles
  • Food (inside West Hall)
  • Laser pointers
  • Mega phones
  • Mid- to large-size purses, backpacks, duffel bags, luggage, and satchels
  • Pets (except for service animals)
  • Rollerblades
  • Signs larger than 16” x 20” - Signs promoting illegal activity or containing profanity, and threats of violence are prohibited.
  • Skateboards
  • Strollers / car seats / bassinets (There are no designated check-in locations for these items so please leave in your car.)
  • Weapons (including chains, firearms, knives, spiked jewelry and belts, and sticks)
  • Large umbrellas

Commencement welcomes service animals. Service animals are working animals trained to perform tasks for the benefit of individuals with physical or mental disabilities, such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and protecting people prone to seizures, or other tasks directly related to a disability. 

Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act cannot be brought inside the event venue.


California State University, Los Angeles | Commencement
All information, including dates and activities, are subject to change.
Updated: May 20, 2024


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Commencement will be photographed and/or recorded. By attending the ceremonies, you agree and grant irrevocable permission to have your likeness, image, voice, and appearance photographed and recorded for any University business-related purpose and that the CSU owns the images and all rights related to them. The images may be used in any manner or media without notifying you, such as university-sponsored websites, publications, promotions, broadcasts, advertisements, posters and theater slides, as well as for non-university uses. You waive any right to inspect or approve the finished images or any printed or electronic matter that may be used with them.