Syracuse University increasing security for commencement weekend

Syracuse University is preparing for this weekendâ??s graduation ceremonies, including extra security measures.

The University will require all students and guests to go through metal detectors prior to entering all Convocation and Commencement venues, including the Carrier Dome.

Large bags, which have previously been permitted into the venues, will not be allowed this year. Bags larger than 10x10" will not be allowed in to the venues and the University is not providing a place to hold large bags. SU Public Safety Chief Anthony Callisto said the university is taking reasonable measures and just wanted guests to understand what the limitations would be.

"People know that there is a number - the ten by ten size. They can plan and bring a smaller clutch or a smaller bag that can have the things they need in it and not be a problem," said Callisto.

Other items, such as balloons, banners, noisemakers, and confetti will not be permitted. (Read a full list of prohibited items.)

The University posted this message on their website: "As part of an ongoing effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable event, all guests and degree candidates will go through security screening including metal detection prior to entering Convocation and Commencement venues (Carrier Dome, Manley Field House, Schine Student Center, Hendricks Chapel, and Setnor Auditorium in Crouse College). Please allow additional time."

A similar message was sent to degree candidates by email.

Many students said they understood that Syracuse University had to take precautions in light of the Boston Marathon bombings and other recent incidents.

"You just can't be too careful and we want this to be a happy occasion so we might as well do what we can to make it that way," said graduate student Elizabeth Jones.

Callisto said the bags larger than ten inches by ten inches will also be banned from all future Carrier Dome events.