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Commencement and Convocation Ceremonies

Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend both University Commencement and College Convocations with their graduates. For information about these events, please visit the Commencement Ceremony and Convocation Ceremony pages.

Huntsman Center Policies

Bag searches will be conducted for the safety and security of the graduates and the patrons attending the Commencement and Convocations ceremonies at the Huntsman Center. We will have a clear bag / no bag line for those who have a clear bag or do not bring a bag.

For more information on bag searches and the clear bag policy please visit the website:

For the comfort and safety of all, the following items are not permitted in Jon M. Huntsman Center: Alcohol, Aluminum Cans, Artificial Noisemakers, Coolers, Ice Chests, Thermoses, Drones, Fireworks, Flash Photography, Glass Bottles, Large Stadium Seats, Outside Food or Drink, Umbrellas (Ponchos are recommended), Weapons (The University of Utah does comply with all local and federal regulations). 

The Huntsman Center reserves the right to inspect and remove any packages and containers.

Parking and Transportation

For information regarding guest parking, accessible parking, shuttles, and other transportation related information, please visit the Parking Page.

Special Assistance

For information about special assistance at commencement, please visit the Commencement Ceremony page. For information about special assistance for College Convocations, please refer to the individual College Convocation pages which you plan to attend.


Flowers will be available to purchase for graduates at the commencement and convocation events, or you can purchase the flowers online.

Food Services

Although there is not a luncheon, some of the convocations will have a light reception for their graduation candidates and guests. The Union food court will also be open for service. Visit the University Dining Services website for information about dining opportunities close to commencement and convocation ceremony locations.


Guests traveling to Salt Lake City may wish to consider The University Guest House, located on campus, and offering deluxe accommodations at budget prices. You can also visit the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau or Utah Travel Industry websites for helpful information on accommodations, places to visit, and local transportation.

Things To Do While At The U

If you find yourself with a little extra time, there's plenty to see around the University of Utah. Here are just a few ideas: Natural History Museum of Utah, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Red Butte Garden, Kingsbury Hall, Utah Athletic events, Clark Planetarium, and Salt Lake Acting Company. Also, visit for more local events.

Last Updated: 5/25/21