Oregon State University and Reser Stadium strives to provide an enjoyable and safe experience for all who attend the Commencement Ceremony. BEST Security will conduct security checks to ensure the safety of our guests. Every individual entering Reser Stadium will be subject to bag checks.

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Aluminum cans 
  • Balloons
  • Umbrellas 
  • Drones
  • Fireworks/Explosives
  • Folding chairs
  • Food from outside vendors
  • Drinks from outside vendors
  • Glass containers
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Illegal drugs
  • Noisemakers (Horns; Whistles; Artificial Noisemakers)
  • Pets (Exception: Service animals) 
  • Smoking (Including electric cigarettes or vapor products)
  • Strollers (Must be checked at Gate B)
  • Wrapped gifts (Please leave these in your vehicle)

Note: Guests declining inspection or in possession of prohibited items will not be allowed into the stadium; Guests in possession of prohibited items inside the stadium will be asked to leave immediately; Guests who do not leave when asked will be considered a trespasser; Guests who are disruptive during the ceremony will be removed from the stadium immediately

  • Backpacks 
  • Cameras 
  • Refillable water bottles
  • Rain ponchos 
  • Small purses 
  • Sunscreen

Note: All allowable items are subject to search


In the event of an emergency, an announcement will be made from the Commencement stage to direct graduates and attendees to exit Reser Stadium in a safe and orderly manner. 

If such an event were to occur, please move to the nearest Reser Stadium exit as quickly and safely as possible. All graduates and guests should relocate to the nearest evacuation location. Evacuation locations (Gill Goliseum, Merrit Traux Indoor Practice Facility, CH2M Hill Alumni Center, The LaSells Stewart Center) can be found on this map

Once you have arrived at one of these locations, please use your mobile phones to arrange to meet your graduate or guest.