Bag Policy & Prohibited Items

Plan your visit accordingly. Viejas Arena is a clear bag venue. Bags must be clear plastic or clear vinyl and may not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag. Small purses, bags, clutches or wallets (clear or non-clear) no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" will be allowed.

Please arrive early and be patient as we work to ensure a safe environment. All bags are subject to search prior to entrance and inside the facility.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: large bags/backpacks, strollers, umbrellas, banners and signs larger than 20”x20”, balloons, weapons, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, noisemakers of any kind, non-service animals, skateboards and roller shoes. Visit the Viejas Arena A-Z Guide for more information.

Parking & Lodging

Campus parking is free at all parking lots and structures. Parking attendants and police officers will be stationed around campus to help direct traffic. Visit Transportation for directions, shuttle information and a campus map.

If you will be traveling to San Diego, be sure to reserve hotel accommodations in advance, as thousands of families will be coming to town that weekend. We are pleased to offer our out-of-town guests the "SDSU Friends and Family Rate" in partnership with Bartell Hotels. Visit SDSU Partnership to inquire about the special rate and to check out the amenities at Bartell's eight participating properties.

Accessibility & Accommodations

Candidates or guests with SDSU or disabled parking permits may park in any legal stall on campus. There will also be a limited number of wheelchairs available for guests to use at no charge at the beginning of each commencement ceremony. Visit Disability Access for more information on disabled parking/shuttles, wheelchairs and other accommodations.


Guests must remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony. You will not be allowed to stand in the aisles or block the views of others in order to take photos or videos. Camera tripods are not allowed in Viejas Arena. There will be ample time after each ceremony to take photographs on campus with a wide variety of backdrops.

Graduation portrait photographers will be available during GradFest, March 26-28.

GradImages Photography will take photographs of each graduate on stage during the commencement ceremonies. Each graduate will be sent no-obligation proofs of the commencement photographs via email and text after the event. Proofs will also be sent via postal mail. They will have the opportunity to purchase prints after they have seen their proofs.  

Prior to the ceremony, graduates can also pre-register by visiting and clicking on “Pre-Event Email Registration.” There they will enter their email address and up to six emails for others to view and order photos.

If you have any questions about commencement ceremony photographs, please visit or call toll-free 1-800-261-2576.

Broadcast Ceremonies

All ceremonies will be broadcast online on the SDSU and commencement sites. All ceremonies will also stream on Facebook Live through the San Diego State University Facebook page.