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Backpacks Banned From Clemson Graduation Friday

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Clemson University Police sent out a memo to all students about strict security policies at this years graduation ceremony.

Graduation may not be until Friday but Clemson student Laura Lester put on her cap and gown and posed for a few photos with her mother Gina Lester.  

"I'm very excited I've definitely worked really hard to get where I am today," Lester said.

Lester along with her classmates will graduate in front of nearly 10,000 people inside Little John Coliseum.

Clemson University Police Chief Johnson Link wants you to be prepared his department will be enforcing strict security policies..

"The worlds not what it was 10 years ago," Link said.

Link tells us no backpacks and no oversized bags will be allowed in the auditorium.

"When you have so many people in such a confined space I don't see any other option really," Gina Lester said.

Everything from camera bags, purses and diaper bags will all be thoroughly searched. After the Boston Bombings Link understands people are on edge, so expect to see an increased number of officers. Since the bombings Link tells us his department has made some security changes things you might not even be aware of. 

"We don't discuss that and tell folks what we are doing but our plans changed somewhat," Link said.  

While Clemson University Police focus on security proud mom Gina Lester is focusing on her daughter Laura.

"Congratulations, and I love you very much and I'm very very proud," Gina Lester said to her daughter.  

Clemson Graduation is Friday May 10th and is divided into 3 ceremonies. Graduates in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and the College of Business and Behavioral Science will receive degrees at 9:30 a.m.

2:30 p.m. is the ceremony for the colleges of Agricultural Forestry and Life Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

The third ceremony will begin at 6:30p.m. for students in the College of Engineering and Science.

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