Biden at DSU highlights busy Saturday in Dover

DOVER — Vice President Joe Biden will speak at Delaware State University’s graduation Saturday, one of several events on what will be a busy day for Delaware’s capital city.

The commencement, which begins at 10, will be preceded by the annual Dover Days parade just a few miles away. The parade kicks off at 9:30, and at 1:30, Wesley College will hold its graduation.

Dover residents and visitors should expect traffic. So those attending Delaware State’s graduation are urged to arrive well before the 9:15 cutoff.

Vice President Joseph Biden

Vice President Joseph Biden

At DSU, Vice President Biden’s address marks his second time addressing graduates at the university. He was a U.S. senator when he spoke in 2003.

DSU spokesman Carlos Holmes said the vice president’s visit is a “tremendous honor for the school” and “a very, very great moment for the students.”

Vice President Biden, 73, has spoken at graduation ceremonies for several schools. They include the University of Delaware and Syracuse University, where he received his undergraduate and law degrees, respectively.

Wesley spokeswoman Jessica Cook said the school looked at shifting its ceremony to Thursday due to the myriad of other events, but ended up simply moving the start time from 10:30 a.m.

“A huge majority of our seniors didn’t want the date to move and had already made their arrangement,” Ms. Cook said.

DSU also debated pushing graduation back a week, but then it would coincide with NASCAR weekend. University officials thought that would be an even bigger hassle.

About 700 students are graduating from DSU, and approximately 200 are graduating from Wesley.

Hundreds of Delaware Democrats will also be in the city for the party’s annual convention. Party members will meet at Delaware Technical Community College at 9 a.m. to select delegates to the July Democratic National Convention.

Dover Police officers will be managing traffic Saturday, particularly around U.S. Route 13.

“We anticipate minor delays due to congestion in some areas, especially with people arriving or leaving events such as the DSU graduation on Route 13. We urge anyone traveling through Dover or to one of these events to leave early and exercise patience on our roadways,” police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said in an email.

Over by Wesley College, a portion of State Street will close at 1 p.m. and open after the graduation ceremony at the college.

Those attending DSU’s graduation are prohibited from bringing backpacks, video cameras and coolers into Alumni Stadium, where commencement will be held. They also must go through metal detectors.

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