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Oct 1, 2016 10:46 PM

Thousands celebrate UNH's homecoming weekend


DURHAM — It's a busy weekend as the University of New Hampshire celebrates homecoming weekend, the school's 150th anniversary and parents weekend.

Rain didn't hold back students, fans and alumni celebrating homecoming. It's a tradition they said they just couldn't miss.

"I get to see my friends that I haven't seen in a really long time," said Dominique Viglas an alumni from 2014.

It's a great time to get together and bring the UNH community together wildcats! It's an awesome day," said Lee Burnett whose son is a junior at the university.

Homecoming is UNH's biggest event. Because of the increase of the foot traffic, the University is stepping up security to make sure people celebrate their weekend safely.

"In the event of an emergency we're pretty confident that it will be all hands on deck and we're ready to respond...we have a command post set up so that if there is an incident we can go into incident command," said Chief Paul Dean of the UNH Police Department.

About sixty officers from 18 different agencies could be seen walking around. People said they feel safe and are glad to see the increased police presence.

"There's security everywhere, and I feel safe," said Olivia Pinto who is currently a sophomore at UNH.

"I think it's something you always think about but you hope people are watching what's going on and they have great security here," said Tonya Knightly, an alumni from 1991. "You can't give up coming to these things just because there might possibly be something," said Knightly.

Despite some arrests, there were no major issues. There was a lot of celebrating after the football game as the Wildcats beat The College of William and Mary 21 to 12.

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