Police Gear Up for Busy Graduation Weekend

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- Police are getting ready for James Madison University graduations. The Pomp and Circumstance starts Friday evening.

Multiple police departments will be helping to make sure everything this weekend goes according to plan. They want to make sure you are safe.

This weekend Katherine Wrona is ready to enjoy her graduation with peace of mind. The Virginia State Police will be guarding exits off I-81.

"Makes me feel better as a student here," said Wrona.

Public Relations Director for JMU, Don Egle, said troopers are needed to help with the many people expected on campus.

"So they will be working diligently to manage that traffic, keep people safe. Get them parked and walking them across the streets," said Egle.

Along with State Police, Harrisonburg Police will make sweeps with bomb K-9 units before and after the ceremonies. Rockingham County Sheriff's Deputies will provide an extra hand.

"The traffic, the parking, just generally crowd control, getting people where they need to be. Some are running late. Trying to do anything to help out," said Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson.

JMU Police will oversee everything and provide direction to make sure families and students are safe.

"There's gonna be so many people in such a concentrated area all over campus, and I think that they are being so proactive with safety is comforting," said Wrona.

The first graduation ceremony will begin Friday evening at 7 p.m. On Saturday you can expect the huge crowds and many caps flying.

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