Citadel steps up security for graduation in wake of Boston bombings

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Security is being stepped up for Saturday's graduation ceremonies at the Citadel, because of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, officials said.

People who plan on going to the ceremonies will see signs, telling them large bags, backpacks and air horns will not be allowed inside McAllister Field House, where the graduation is being held.

"Boston, that was a crime perpetrated against the people of Boston. It was perpetrated against the people of our country and it was a wake up call for all of us," said Citadel Vice President of External Affairs Colonel Jeffrey Perez. "What we can do as a college is work to provide as safe a setting as possible."

Perez said it may be a good idea to get there early.

"We're gonna have inspection stations setup. We have planned for that. We hope not to have anybody wait too long."

Perez pointed out the new rules are already used at facilities across the country, so no one should be surprised when they show up for tomorrow's ceremonies.

He says campus cops and other security folks will have their eyes focused on making sure the graduation goes off without any problems.

"You can never be 100 percent sure, but we can just work as hard as we can to make sure everybody has a safe and enjoyable experience."

Other area colleges and universities also plan to have increased security measures for their graduation ceremonies.

A College of Charleston spokesman said bomb sniffing dogs and agents from the State Law Enforcement Division will be working at the May 11 ceremonies.

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