CU commencement under tighter security
BOULDER, Colo. ” University of Colorado commencement ceremonies were being held under stepped up security on Friday, a day after a scare at nearby Boulder High School.
About 20,000 people were expected to attend the exercises at Folsom Stadium on CU’s campus, which borders the grounds of the high school. An estimate of the crowd wasn’t immediately available.
SWAT officers searched the high school for four hours Thursday after a cook discovered two young males dressed in camouflage before students arrived. They ran off when she yelled at them and no sign of the men was found inside, police said.
Classes resumed at the high school Friday morning, with only two entrances, rather than the usual ten, open as students filed in. Staffers were posted at each entrance and two more police officers joined the one normally assigned to the school.
“With those changes, the building opened on time. School attendance is normal,” school district spokesman Briggs Gamblin said.
Police don’t have much to go on. One was wearing a ski mask and the cook didn’t get a good description of the second person, police chief Mark Beckner said. If they were students, he said he expected word to spread among the students.
CU will give out 5,650 degrees. Golfer Hale Irwin, a 1967 graduate, will address the graduates.
Gov. Bill Ritter was also scheduled to address the university’s law school graduates at a separate ceremony later in the day.