Education
5:30 am
Wed May 15, 2013

UT Tightens Security for Commencement, Bans Bags

In response to recent national events, the University of Texas is putting additional safety procedures in place at the commencement ceremonies.

Backpacks, tote bags or any other kind of bag larger than 12 inches on any side will not be allowed into commencement. Anyone carrying a big this large will be turned away. Additionally, smaller bags including purses, camera cases and diaper bags will be inspected and searched.

In a campus wide email, UT President William Powers Jr. said visitors with small bags should expect delays.

"These procedures should ensure that our commencement ceremonies run smoothly and are memorable milestones for all of our graduates and families," Powers said in an email.