According to Valerie Dalton, chief of campus police, the protesters were “orderly and compliant and left without incident.”
Spelman saw a similar outcome on Sunday afternoon for its commencement held off campus — just a few, easy-to-miss protesters outside the Georgia International Convention Center near College Park.
Westboro has picketed everything from gay pride parades to the funerals of slain U.S. soldiers. It threatened to picket the funerals of children and educators killed in the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Southern Poverty Law Center has called Westboro a hate group.
Atlanta Police Department spokesman Carlos Campos said last week it was aware of Westboro’s plans and was “acting accordingly.”
Clark Atlanta University’s ceremony is Monday morning.