Killeen High School graduation

Excited new Killeen High School graduates celebrate together Saturday, May 27, 2017, as their commencement ceremony concludes at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

Those who attend graduation ceremonies at the Bell County Expo Center this year can expect more security measures than usual.

Bell County Expo Center Executive Director Tim Stephens told KWTX concerns were raised about security during events after several recent school tragedies.

Staff at the expo center has been increased, including deputies with the Bell County Sheriff’s Office and private security, Stephens told the TV station. Stephens could not be reached for more comment on Tuesday.

KISD Chief Communication Officer Terry Abbott said some security measures aren’t typically disclosed to the public.

“Typically we don’t like to say much about specific security plans in the interests of maintaining security,” Abbott said.

Additionally, all bags will be checked upon entrance. Items including alcohol, air horns and firearms are prohibited.

There is no guest limit for most graduation ceremonies, but a nine-guest limit for the graduation ceremonies of Ellison and Harker Heights High School seniors will be enforced due to how large graduating classes will be.

KISD announced changes this week to some high school graduations. The following is an updated schedule for times, dates and locations of area graduation ceremonies in chronological order:

Belton New Tech High School graduation will be at 2 p.m. May 31 at the Bell County Expo Center.

Belton High School will be at 7 p.m. May 31 at the Bell County Expo Center.

Salado High School graduation will be at 7 p.m. June 1 at the UMHB Campus Center, 923 University Drive, Belton.

Copperas Cove High School will be at 7:30 p.m. June 1 at the Bell County Expo Center.

Florence High School graduation will be at 8 p.m. June 1 at the Florence High School Stadium.

Temple High School’s commencement will begin at 10 a.m. June 2 at the Bell County Expo Center.

Shoemaker High School’s graduation will be at 3 p.m. June 2 at the Bell County Expo Center.

Killeen High School will be at 8 p.m. June 2 at the Bell County Expo Center.

Ellison High School graduation will be at 2 p.m. June 3 at the Bell County Expo Center.

Harker Heights High School’s graduation will begin at  7 p.m. June 3 at the Bell County Expo Center.

Gatesville High School graduation will be at 8 p.m. June 3 at McKamie Stadium.

Several districts offer live-streaming for those who can’t attend ceremonies. Visit the appropriate school district’s website for more information.

mpayne@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7553

Herald staff writer

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