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UMass Dartmouth Beefs Up Security for Commencement

UMass Dartmouth

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was a student, is stepping up security and limiting the number of people who can attend commencement ceremonies.

A university spokesman says the measures are no different from security plans in place for other major events on campus.

In addition to a beefed up police presence, backpacks, wrapped presents, laptops and some other items are banned from the undergraduate ceremony scheduled for Sunday.

The Standard-Times reports that a new rule limiting graduates to two ticketed guests each has rankled some students, who say relatives who have already made travel plans will now not be able to attend. There will be an overflow area.

Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now in a federal prison hospital, was a student at UMass-Dartmouth.

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Information from: The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com