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FAMU Taking Graduation Precautions

May 1st, 2009 by flanews

People from all over the world will attend graduation ceremonies at Florida colleges this weekend. Several schools are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of H1N1, or swine flu. As Whitney Ray tells us, besides a cap and gown, some graduates may also be wearing a medical mask when they receive their diplomas.

Crowds of people will gather in gymnasiums across the state to watch their loved ones receive college diplomas this weekend. But FAMU Junior Steve Williams will stay home, too scared of catching swine flu to watch his friends graduate.

I might not go. You know swine flu and all that stuff, said Williams.

Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker, so extra security will be in place. So will extra health measures. Guests will be given hand sanitizer and medical masks. And janitors will work overtime.

Between sessions, the 9:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 6:00 pm, well do a thorough cleaning of the arena as well as the restrooms, said Henry Kirby, the chairman do the FAMU graduation committee.

All weekend, family members will be shaking hands, giving hugs, and of course spreading germs.

But the man who may have the highest risk is the schools president as he shakes students hands. Hell have his own bottle of sanitizer and so will every student receiving a diploma.

What we will be asking the graduates to do is as they approach the podium, to use the hand sanitizer and so all the graduates will have already done that as they approach the podium, said Tonya Tatum the Director of Student Health Services at FAMU.

Health experts say if youre feeling sick you shouldnt attend graduation ceremonies and those who are well should take extra precautions.

Florida State University is also taking steps to stop the spread of germs. At FSU graduation ceremonies, guests will be given hand sanitizer and disposable facial tissue. Both schools will post signs reminding people to cover their mouths when they cough and to wash their hands frequently.

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