UPDATED 6:33 AM PT — Wed. August 8, 2018
A university in southeast Florida canceled their graduation ceremony after receiving a “credible threat.”
On Tuesday, Florida Atlantic University announced the cancellation moments before the 5:00 PM commencement was scheduled to begin.
Authorities claim a threat on a sticky note was found in a women’s restroom reportedly targeting the evening ceremony.
FAU ALERT (1): Today’s 5 p.m. commencement ceremony is canceled. The Student Union is being evacuated due to what law enforcement considers a credible threat.
— Florida Atlantic (@FloridaAtlantic) August 7, 2018
“We received a call from a staff member of a note that she found in one of our restrooms,” explained campus police Chief Sean Brammer. “That created a response from the FAU Police Department and at that point in time we responded…it was a threat specific towards our graduation and at that point in time we made the decision to go ahead and cancel our graduation.”
It’s unknown why this particular ceremony was threatened, but university officials said they do not regret the decision to cancel the commemoration and promise to make it up to the over 450 students affected by the incident.
“You know I feel terrible for our students — they were denied an opportunity to go through a ceremony that was a kind of a crowning achievement ceremony in life and we’ll make amends in some way for those students whether it be other graduation ceremonies or even individual things, we’ll work with the family of each student to make sure that they are not denied the opportunity to get the college diploma in their hands,” said Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly.
Authorities have not yet released what was specifically written on the note or who may have left it. The investigation into the threat is ongoing.