Obama Visit Complicates EKU Commencement

May 10, 2013

Sign outside EKU bookstore in Richmond, KY.
Credit Charles Compton / WEKU News

Long lines are likely at Eastern Kentucky University tomorrow evening during a visit by America’s First Lady.  Michelle Obama addresses some 600 Eastern Kentucky University graduates, families and friends. "You’ll not be able to bring bottled water, an umbrella, items like pocket knives as those items will have to be disposed of as you’re coming into the building,” said EKU spokesman Marc Whitt.

EKU police, local law enforcement and the Secret Service are cooperating on security.  Given the added security screenings, EKU Spokesman Marc Whitt says expect lines at Alumni Coliseum.

 “It will take a process of about two hours to put the estimated crowd of about six thousand through the doors of Alumni Coliseum, but we have been assured that Secret Service moves those people through very quickly,” said Whitt.

Whitt says the First Lady will receive an honorary doctorate during the EKU graduation ceremony.  Mrs. Obama’s the first White House official to address a graduation at Eastern since the Kennedy Administration.