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Local universities prepare for graduation weekend

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Several local universities are gearing up to say good-bye to their seniors during a weekend of graduations. As the students cross the stage to get their diplomas, behind the scenes school officials are ensuring everyone is safe.

Auburn University started it's graduation festivities Friday, as evidenced by students in caps and gowns around campus.

Melvin Owens is the Executive Director of Auburn's department of Public Safety and Security. He said his campus is no stranger to handling large crowds.

"Normally for large events on campus we will have a beefed up presence of police for the specific graduation site," explained Owens.

Thousands of students will walk across the stage at Auburn University's Arena, for one of the scheduled four graduation ceremonies.

Owens said the university is prepared for the weekend and has several safety plans in place.

"We'll employ some contract security who will do bag checks and police officers will be stationed throughout the area," said Owens.

He added that despite some universities decision to change their security plans in response to recent public attacks, Auburn will continue business as usual.

"We pride ourselves on a continual evaluation, so we've made some minor adjustments but the plan is good, so we are sticking with the plan that we have in place," said Owens.

Owen's also encouraged anyone who sees anything out of the ordinary during graduation weekend to immediacy report it to the closest security guard or police officer.

Columbus State University is holding their graduation ceremony on Monday. School security said they too have not made any adjustments to their plan, but will continue to have a strong security and police presence throughout the event.

The University of Georgia however has changed their procedures. No backpacks will be allowed at their graduation ceremony.

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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