Rutgers to boost security for President Obama's speech

Rutgers University will be on high security when President Barack Obama speaks at commencement, so graduates and guests will have heavy restrictions on what they

FILE PHOTO: US President Barack Obama speaks May 17, 2009 during the commencement ceremony in the Joyce Center of Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

FILE PHOTO: US President Barack Obama speaks May 17, 2009 during the commencement ceremony in the Joyce Center of Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) (5/13/16)

PISCATAWAY - Rutgers University says it is bolstering its security when President Barack Obama speaks at commencement this weekend.

Graduates and guests will have heavy restrictions on what they can bring into High Point Solutions Stadium.

Traffic in the area is also expected to be heavy.  The commencement ceremony begins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and gates to the stadium open at 8 a.m.

Here is the complete list of banned items for the May 15 ceremony:

Liquids of any type
Empty bottles
Flowers or flower leis (flowers and gifts are available for purchase and pickup of preorders inside the stadium)
Umbrellas
Coolers
Backpacks
Purses
Bags (clear or otherwise)
Noisemaking devices (e.g., compressed air horns)
Mace or similar substances
Signs or banners of any size
Glitter or confetti
Beach balls
Balloons
Sticks, "selfie sticks" or poles
Pocket knives/multi-tools
Lighters
Laser pointers
Fireworks
Can openers
Weapons of any type
Disruptive behavior
Pets (except service animals)
Any items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate by security staff.

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