UC Merced

Guide to today's UC Merced commencement events

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES
UC Merced's mascot enjoys a stolen moment in the quad after a day of working the Bobcat Day crowds on Saturday. Bobcat Day was held as an orientation for incoming freshman and as an information day for students considering attending UC Merced.
April 19th, 200
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES UC Merced's mascot enjoys a stolen moment in the quad after a day of working the Bobcat Day crowds on Saturday. Bobcat Day was held as an orientation for incoming freshman and as an information day for students considering attending UC Merced. April 19th, 200 Merced Sun-Star

If you go to campus:

Lost tickets won't be replaced; folks without tickets won't be permitted to enter.

If you're going downtown:

The Cap & Town festival, celebrating the graduates, will go from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will be on Main Street, between M Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and on Canal Street between Main and 18th streets.

On display will be locally grown products such as nuts and honey, live music, kids' activities, a three-on-three basketball tournament, art vendors, artisans and craftsmen. Food will also be for sale.

The first lady Michelle Obama's speech will be broadcast live at 1:30 p.m. on the JumboTron in Bob Hart Square.

TVs will also be showing the speech at the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. and also at the Boys and Girls Club, 615 W. 15th St.

All guests must be on campus by 11 a.m.

All guests will be transported to the UC Merced campus by shuttle from nearby parking lots. Designated parking lot assignments, permits, directions and arrival times were included as part of the ticket distribution process.

In order to ensure all guests are on campus by 11 a.m., it is extremely important to arrive at your designated parking lot at the appointed time.

All guests and participants in this year's commencement ceremony will be subject to search and will proceed through security checkpoints and search areas. Exact checkpoint procedures will vary, depending on location of entry points.

Attendees are allowed to bring the following: small purses or fanny packs, cameras or camcorders with small camera bags, diaper bags, baby strollers, seat cushions, blankets, wheelchairs, canes, guide dogs, water in clear plastic bottles only, food in clear plastic wrap and binoculars. All items are subject to search.

Do not bring: coolers, grills, fireworks, weapons of any description (includes all fixed-blade knives and folding knives longer than 2-1/2"), scanners, mace and pepper spray, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, alcohol or illegal drugs, excessive storage items such as briefcases, duffel bags and large camera bags, lawn chairs, noisemakers of any kind including amplified sound devices, laser pointers, umbrellas or inappropriate attire, such as masks.

Don't load film before entering the show area as equipment is subject to search.

The National Weather Service in Hanford issued a severe weather statement for hot weather this weekend. During the ceremony, temperatures are forecast at 93-100 degrees.

The Weather Service recommends loose-fitting, light-colored clothes, and drinking plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.

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