Safety and security are paramount at Commencement.
In the wake of the tragic events that took place at the 2013 Boston Marathon and the subsequent week, the Wellesley College Police Department will increase security for this year’s Commencement ceremonies. These actions should not be viewed as an indication of any increased threat to Wellesley College or the region.
Some of the safety and security measures will be readily apparent while others will not. Please expect to see an increased police and security presence throughout the day.
Bags, Luggage, Backpacks, and Other Large Containers
Commencement attendees are respectfully discouraged from bringing large bags, luggage, backpacks, and other large containers to any Commencement activities. Please know that all such bags and containers are subject to search. Attendees are also asked not to leave personal property unattended while attending Commencement ceremonies.
In the event unattended property is discovered, it may be inspected in place, removed, and searched for ownership information by university officials. Any removed property may be recovered at the Wellesley College Police Department located in the Davis Parking Facility or you can call campus police at 781.283.2121 (extension 2121 on-campus) to inquire about removed or recovered property.
Chief of Wellesley College Police Lisa Barbin says, "Our safety precautions are intended to ensure that Commencement 2013 and related events run smoothly. We appreciate your assistance as we work to ensure that Commencement 2013 is a joyous occasion for all receiving their degrees and those celebrating their accomplishments."