Evergreen moves commencement ceremony to Tacoma

June 6, 2017 GMT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Officials say the Evergreen State College in Olympia has moved its venue for graduation in the wake of recent threats directed at the campus.

The Olympian reports ( ) college President George Bridges told students in an email that “in consideration of recent events” he and the board of trustees have decided to move the June 16 commencement to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.

Bridges in the email describes the stadium as centrally located and secure.

Student protests related to race, equality and free speech have taken place all year and in May garnered widespread media attention.

On Thursday, a phoned-in threat forced a campus evacuation, and the school remained closed on Friday and for much of the day Monday.

It returned to a regular schedule Tuesday.