New Paltz enhances Commencement security

NEW PALTZ – The State University of New York at New Paltz announces that enhanced security measures will be in place during the May 2013 Commencement Ceremonies. The increase in security is being put in place in light of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. The Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, and the Graduate Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 17. Both ceremonies will be held on the Old Main Quadrangle on the New Paltz campus.

University Police Chief David Dugatkin advises all participants and visitors who plan to attend to take into account the following:

    • Bag checks: Each of the three ticket entry points will require bag checks. All bags, regardless of size or circumstance, will be checked. Separate lines will be formed for those without bags. We recommend that individuals leave their bags at home or in their cars to avoid entering with bags.


  • Unattended bags found on property: Any unattended bag found on the grounds will be secured by University Police. Individuals should not leave their bags unattended. Any sightings of unattended bags should be reported to University Police.



  • The Old Main Circle will be closed to all vehicular traffic, with an exception for handicap drop-off. There will be no parking in the Old Main Circle other than emergency vehicle parking. Old Main Circle will be closed to vehicles the night before commencement.


The University Police Department can be contacted by phone at 845-257-2222. In case of emergency, callers can dial 911 from any campus phone. The University Police Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

More information about the May 2013 Commencement Ceremonies at New Paltz is available at