Bomb threat at Tarleton State: Graduation ceremonies moved

Tarleton State University continued to hold graduation ceremonies today. (Photo courtesy Tarleton State)

By Kathryn Jones


Tarleton State University Saturday evacuated the building where fall graduation ceremonies were scheduled to take place due to a possible bomb threat.

At 12:23 p.m., the university issued a “Code Purple” emergency alert to faculty and students notifying them of the threat at Wisdom Gym.

The alert read: “Evacuation of Wisdom Gym due to potential threat. Immediately move far away as possible,” then gave instructions to go to Tarleton’s website,

The subject line on the email alert read: “Bomb threat at Wisdom Gym.”

Unconfirmed reports from witnesses said that a note was discovered in the women’s restroom.

Tarleton State University’s media relations office issued this release posted on the university’s website:

“A threat to Wisdom Gymnasium has caused a relocation of afternoon graduation ceremonies to Memorial Stadium. The scheduled 1 p.m. graduation will start at 1:30 p.m. The 4 p.m. ceremony will begin on time but at Memorial Stadium.”

Graduating students and faculty members are asked to check in at the field house on the south end of Memorial Stadium. Parents and friends may enter through the main entrance of Memorial Stadium, which is located on the east side.

A student who was planning to graduate today said students, parents and faculty were gathering at Wisdom Gym for commencement ceremonies and graduating students were registering when they were ordered to evacuate to the parking lot.

Graduating senior Jenny Cline, who live-blogged from the graduation ceremonies, said that Tarleton administration and staff have “done a wonderful job relocating the ceremony, and it is only half an hour behind the originally scheduled time.”

She also posted at 1:41 p.m. that “police are presently scouring the gymnasium. People who left their personal belongings behind should be able to pick them up after the ceremony.”

To read the live blogs from the ceremony, go to


The Current will update this report as more information becomes available.

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