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WVU Commencement Brings More Traffic to Morgantown Area

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MORGANTOWN -

Almost everyone knows how things run at a graduation ceremony.

Students walk across the stage and get that diploma they've been working for.

But what about how the thousands of people sitting in the audience? How do they get to and from the venue smoothly?

Ten months out of the year West Virginia University's campus and Morgantown streets are bustling with students.

During commencement week, West Virginia University Police and the Morgantown Police Department do what they can to make sure families get around safely.

Mary Alice Schueler came from Florida to see her oldest grandson graduate.

"We're just having a real good time with family together," said Mary Alice. "They've come from Wisconsin and we've come up from Florida. It's just great, it's fun."

When WVU classes are in session, Morgantown traffic can be a pain.

With that traffic plus visitors flooding the streets to see thousands of Mountaineers receive their diploma, the police were called in to make things go a bit smoother.

"There's definitely more traffic this week. They have, I think there's about 7 or 9 graduation ceremonies here and they have the additional ones up at the Coliseum and the CAC," said Lt. Harold Sperringer, of the Morgantown Police Department. "We're down here directing traffic so there's no accidents and everybody stays safe."

19 commencement ceremonies occurred at five different locations.

"I can't tell you an exact number but there's a lot more traffic than usual," said Sperringer.

Guests may not have noticed the police around the area but they were definitely there.

"I haven't really paid much attention to that but we were able to get in and get parked and now we're going to attend," said Schueler. "As long as I'm here on time and get to where I'm supposed to be, I'm happy."

This is the 143rd graduating class of WVU.