Policy & Security

Dress Code

Commencement is a formal ceremony. Proper attire and behavior are expected. Comfortable, business casual clothing is recommended for graduates. We also recommend graduates wear shoes and clothing that are visible under their gown in dark colors that match with the commencement gown.

Please do not wear:

  • Sneakers
  • Beach sandals
  • Shorts

Altering of academic gowns is also not permitted, and will not be allowed to enter the arena.


All graduates and their guests are asked to arrive early and kindly cooperate with our staff during the required security checks. Please follow instructions given by police and security personnel in order to make your entry into the venue as smooth as possible.

All guests and their bags will be inspected upon entering for the safety of those attending. No large bags or backpacks (no larger than 17"Length X 10"Height X 4" Width) will be allowed into the venue. Bags of any other size must be clear/transparent. Baby strollers need to be kept clear of all aisle ways and must be checked upon entering as well.

University police officers will be posted throughout the event. In the case of an emergency or any suspicious activity, please contact an FIU police officer immediately or call 305-348-5911.

Special Accommodations


Please see the seating ushers for any assistance needed. Requests cannot be made ahead of time, and "holding" of seats is not permitted. If your party wishes to be seated together on the ground floor, please have them arrive together. 



Disabled parking will be reserved for holders of authorized license plates and permits. Please follow the signs posted and the directions of campus safety officers.


Prohibited Behavior & Items

Unruly, threatening, or disruptive behavior that may disrupt the ceremony is prohibited. Any individual violating this rule will be asked to leave the event.

The following items are not allowed:

  • Large bags or backpacks (no larger than 17”L x 10”H x 5”W)
  • Firearms, knives, weapons, or any item deemed hazardous by FIU Police & management personnel
  • Umbrellas
  • Incendiary devices (fireworks, smoke bombs, etc.)
  • Artificial noisemakers, including fog horns, and musical instruments
  • Flags, balloons, banners, signs, laser pointers, and other objects that may block or disrupt the view of other guests
  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Outside food or drinks, unless medically necessary
  • Open bottles, cans, flasks, thermoses, ice bags, and coolers
  • Video cameras, still cameras (professional) or cameras with lenses over five inches long and/or 50mm and above, tripods or monopods
  • Selfie sticks
  • Hover boards, skate boards, drone aircraft, or remote control vehicles
  • All packages are subject to search

Lost and Found

FIU will deposit items lost and found during commencement ceremonies in the lobby ticket booth B. Please contact a staff member or call 305-348-2151 to inquire about any lost items.