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Spelman is the only one of the three private schools that has scheduled its commencement off campus. The college sent a message to students and parents Tuesday saying it will have additional security to ensure its commencement Sunday afternoon proceeds without incident. It urged attendees to carry identification and reminded them that posters, signs and balloons are prohibited.
May 21, 2017, College Park: Graduates join hands for an opening prayer during the Spelman College 2017 Commencement Ceremony at the Georgia International Convention Center on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in College Park. Curtis Comptonfirstname.lastname@example.org
“Spelman's priority is the safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests joining us for the Commencement activities,” spokeswoman Joyce Davis said in a statement. “We have updated our community about the College's security procedures and are collaborating with officials at the Georgia International Convention Center and law enforcement to be proactive in developing a plan that will allow our constituents to enjoy this celebratory time.”
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Morehouse police Chief Valerie Dalton said in a statement Wednesday afternoon it’s working with Atlanta police and added protesters will not be allowed on campus.
5/22/17 - Atlanta - Graduates walk from the student center to the stadium for graduation. Clark Atlanta University's Panther Stadium was the site of their 28th annual Commencement. Businessman William Pickard gave the commencement address. Rev. Jesse Jackson, who received an honorary degree, also spoke. Panther Stadium, BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Credit: Bob Andres
Clark Atlanta said in a statement Wednesday night it has taken extra security measures and also working with city police. Its commencement is set for Monday morning.
“CAU is ‘careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone’ and to respond in love,” it said in its statement.
A telephone call to Westboro went unanswered Wednesday.