GREENSBORO, N.C. -- May 12 should be one the happiest days in the lives of 1,000 seniors at North Carolina A&T State University, but for many, it may not be.
The school is implementing a ticket policy for the spring commencement this year, in which First Lady Michelle Obama will be the guest speaker. Students will be allowed to bring eight people only to their graduation ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The coliseum can hold a little more than 23,000 people. School officials said it and the Secret Service agreed to drop the available seating to 15,000 based on a floor plan the school presented to the Secret Service.
school officials said the Secret Service will only allow 15,000 to attend the service.
School officials said the number was derived from a floor plan
Brea Daniels, a senior at A&T, is very worried about the new procedure. She said she has invited nearly 20 family members, and some have already paid for hotels and purchased plane tickets.
"People have saved up for this moment and this day, so we need to cherish that and honor it," Daniels said.
Daniels, along with more than 400 fellow students, have signed a petition to change the number of people allowed at graduation this year. The students plan to hold a rally on campus Monday afternoon.
School officials have no plans to change their ticket policy right now.