published Monday, May 20th, 2013

Parents fuming over locked doors at graduation of Spelman College

ATLANTA (AP) — Several parents of Spelman College graduates are furious after locked doors prevented them from seeing their children’s commencement.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that parents from as far away as California, New York and Canada said they were kept from entering a half-hour before the graduation Sunday afternoon.

Some said they didn’t know the doors would be locked 30 minutes before the ceremony.

Others said they thought some leeway should have been given due to rainy weather and traffic delays as streets were blocked for President Barack Obama’s motorcade. The president was speaking at the Morehouse College commencement.

Spelman said in a statement that doors were locked as part of its safety measures. It expressed regret that some guests missed the event, but said the guidelines were communicated throughout the school year.

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