AUSTIN (May 8, 2013)—The University of Texas in Austin is tightening security controls for its upcoming graduation ceremonies, officials said.
The school announced Wednesday that all bags and purses will be searched and no bags larger than 12 inches will be allowed into any of ceremonies on May 15 and May 16 including the outdoor, university-wide graduation at ceremony at the school tower.
School policy already banned coolers, picnic baskets, lawn chairs and large strollers.
School officials cited "recent national events" for the change.
Two bombs near the finish line of the April 15 Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 260 others.