Campuses Beef Up Security for Commencement Ceremonies
It’s been one month since the Boston Bombing, but colleges across the nation are paying more attention to security than ever before. Especially at campuses near Boston, security personnel are asking family members and friends of the graduates to leave large purses, backpacks, gifts and other items at home as a way to decrease the chances of harmful products being brought into the commencement areas.
As reported by USA today, metal detectors will be used at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth has issued tickets to those who plan on attending graduation as a way for security officers to have an estimate of how many people will be there and to help them prepare for the crowds.
Even the University of Colorado plans on checking the bags of attendees before they’re allowed to enter the stadium. The university has also implemented bag restrictions in which all bags must be soft-sided and no containers can be larger than 12x12x12 inches, according to Huffington Post.
Do you think the increase in security is necessary, even for campuses that aren’t close in proximity to Boston? Personally, I think this is a great idea. I remember my college graduation where they were so many people packed into one place, that I was worried about my own safety – long before I knew anything about the security industry.
Times weren’t nearly as crazy then, or at least it seems like the case to me, but I wouldn’t have minded having my bag checked or going through a metal detector. In fact, it definitely would’ve made me feel safer.
Sources: USA Today, Huffington Post
Posted by Lindsay Page on May 15, 2013