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Secret Service overseeing preparations for FLOTUS visit

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

We are four days away from First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to the Magnolia State.

Tuesday, Jackson State University officials shared what information they could about preparations for Saturday's event.

Mrs. Obama will be flying to Jackson from England where she and the president will be visiting the Royal Couple. The Secret Service is already overseeing security in and around the stadium.

Mrs. Michelle Obama, a Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate, chose Jackson State as one of the last HBCU's at which she will be delivering a commencement address before leaving the White House.

"Our president is just thrilled, Dr. Carolyn W. Myers, and she is ecstatic that our students will be able to get a breath and the encouragement and the setting of goals and the focus, just everything she is going to bring them," said JSU Special Commencement Media Advisor Dr. Elayne Hayes Anthony.

The Secret Service is already on the ground in the Capital City ensuring security for the First Lady's visit.

With her arrival comes strict security and regulations for those attending Saturday's graduation.

Tuesday the federal agents were overseeing the construction of the stage at the stadium as well as overall security measures.

We were prohibited from taking any pictures of the preparations underway at the stadium. 

More than 25 categories of items are prohibited, from large bags and laptops to video cameras to selfie sticks.

All banned items are available on JSU's web site, as well as ticket availability, pick up times and other restrictions.

"We want people to make sure that they're on the that they can get there, get a comfortable seat and get ready to hear a magnificent commencement address by First Lady Michelle Obama," added Hayes Anthony.

Parking is free and permitted along the roadway as usual when attending stadium events.

University officials said there is a 55,000 ticket availability and you will not be admitted into the stadium after 2:45 p.m. Saturday, no exceptions. 

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