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Amherst preps for graduation weekend

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It is graduation weekend at the University of Massachusetts.

Thousands of students are ready to say goodbye to college life, with plenty of guests in town to celebrate.

"There are going to be points in town where the traffic is just jam stopped," said Chief Scott Livingstone of the Amherst Police Department.

Livingstone told CBS 3 that the 5,500 UMass students graduating make up just a fraction of the congestion his town will experience this weekend.

"That stadium holds about 19,000 people," said Livingstone. "It will be filled and there are additional folks that come and just cannot get into the seating area."

"Now, it is like downtown Boston traffic-wise, especially on a weekend like this," said Gregory Campese, who made the trip into Amherst with his family to see his son graduate.

Campese is a UMass alum himself and said things are much different now than when he went to school 30 years ago.

"It has been a great process watching the development of the area and watching each of my children graduate from the university," Campese said.

Many families will be like the Campeses and enjoy Amherst businesses over the course of the weekend. Officials said the word of the weekend will be patience.

"Understand that you are here for a graduation ceremony and for a good time," said Livingstone. "Just keep that in mind when you are stuck in traffic or there are lines in the restaurants."

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