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FAU reschedules graduation after credible threat thwarts planned ceremony

Special ceremony planned for out-of-state, international students this week

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University is rescheduling its commencement ceremony for graduating students after Tuesday's planned event was canceled because of a credible threat.

School spokesman Joshua Glanzer said all out-of-state and international students who were expecting to attend Tuesday's graduation ceremony will be able to participate in a special ceremony later this week.

All other students are being invited to a rescheduled ceremony next week.

The time and locations of the makeup ceremonies have not yet been determined.

FAU was forced to evacuate its student union for several hours Tuesday after a staff member found a small, handwritten Post-it note on a mirror in the women's restroom.

"It was just heartbreaking," FAU graduate Kemisha Joseph said. "We were all in shock and disbelief. Like, what was going on?" 

"Literally at 4:55 when they were lining us up, everybody's phones started blowing up -- text messages and phone calls from FAU, saying graduation is canceled," Joseph added.  

Police searched the building but found nothing suspicious.

Glanzer said any students who can't attend the rescheduled ceremonies will be invited to participate in the fall ceremony this December. They'll also receive "a special recognition" during FAU's first home football game Sept. 8 against Air Force.

"I understand that they are trying to do that, and it's very nice of them and I commend them for doing that, but yesterday was our big day," Joseph said. "It was the day."

Sky 10 flew over Florida Atlantic University's student union after graduation was canceled because of a credible threat, Aug. 7, 2018, in Boca Raton, Florida.
Sky 10 flew over Florida Atlantic University's student union after graduation was canceled because of a credible threat, Aug. 7, 2018, in Boca Raton, Florida.

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