Notre Dame plans extra security with Biden at commencement

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Georgetown Law School in Washington, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Biden is pointing to his years as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman to cast Republicans' election-year Supreme Court blockade as a dangerous new escalation of partisanship. In a speech at Georgetown Law School, Biden, took credit for moving eight Supreme Court nominees through the committee and to a vote on the Senate floor. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is encouraging people to arrive early for commencement on May 15 because of extra security with Vice President Joe Biden attending.

The university is awarding Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner its top award, the Laetare Medal. The university said it is giving medals to Biden and Boehner for their leadership, civility and dedication to the nation.

The academic processional will begin about 9 a.m. and gates will open at 7 a.m. The university says many common items will be prohibited, including umbrellas and purses or bags larger than 12 by 12 by 12 inches, backpacks, signs or banners, unopened packages or gifts and containers.

The commencement will be held at Notre Dame Stadium.

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