BOCA RATON, Fla. – Atlantic University of Florida canceled its graduation ceremony on Tuesday after law enforcement received a threat credible to the school, authorities said.
The student union building of the university in Boca Raton was evacuated for several hours due to the threat. The graduation ceremony was established at 5 p.m.
FAU Police Chief Sean Brammer said just after 4 p.m. an employee found a small handwritten note in a mirror in a bathroom.
"The threat was considered specific and credible," Brammer said. The police searched the student union building and the surrounding area, but finally gave its approval.
Tuesday's graduation ceremony was for more than 450 students in the faculties of nursing, medicine and science.
On social media, people posted photos of students wearing hats and dresses that were leaving the student union building.
"FAU canceled the graduation ceremony at 5 p.m. because of a serious threat on campus.I could not walk the stage, but at least I'm safe." the student Emilio Alta said on Twitter.
The president of the FAU, John Kelly, apologized for the inconvenience but said that safety was the top priority.
"We understand how disappointed our students must be that today's final graduation ceremony has been canceled, we will try to make sure they receive the recognition they deserve," Kelly said.
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