ATHENS — The University of Georgia will ban backpacks in the school’s football stadium during its commencement ceremony on May 10.
University officials said that due to the recent events in Boston, they are asking all media and photographers to wear credentials approved by the president’s office. Other than certain bags carried by credentialed media, no bags larger than a cubic foot will be allowed inside Sanford Stadium.
“This year, due to the recent events in Boston, we’re asking all media and photographers to wear credentials provided by the UGA Office of the President at the UGA commencement ceremonies,” the university’s news service office announced.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports that UGA’s spring undergraduate ceremony typically draws tens of thousands of spectators.
The graduation speaker for undergraduates will be U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a 1966 UGA graduate from south Georgia now in his second six-year term in the Senate. Another UGA graduate, UGA biochemistry and molecular biology department head Stephen Hajduk, is scheduled to give the main address at the graduate commencement.
The April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon killed three people, injured more than 260 and virtually shut down the city during an intense manhunt.