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There was no gunman on campus.

Statement from Arkansas State University:

Numerous first responders from the University Police Department, Jonesboro Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police and other law enforcement agencies worked swiftly and cooperatively this afternoon in response to what eventually turned out to be a false alarm on the campus.

Apparently students were filming a video project near the Union, and costumed actors were reported by other students to 911 as possible campus intruders. These students have been located and interviewed by University Police Officers. As a result, it has been confirmed that there was no gunman on campus.

The university immediately put a lockdown in place while the Union and surrounding areas were searched and cleared. The university’s text and email alert system was used to notify students about the situation.

Chancellor Tim Hudson, Vice Chancellor Rick Stripling, and other representatives of the university administration also responded to campus to assist in the crisis response. The university response plan worked perfectly as designed.

No injuries were reported, and normal campus operations have resumed.

The University Police Department will continue to closely monitor the campus this evening as a precautionary measure.

Chancellor Hudson expressed the university’s appreciation to all law enforcement personnel who responded so quickly to the perceived threat.

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2013 ASU Summer Commencement Ceremony Set for Aug. 2

07/29/2013

JONESBORO, Ark. — Approximately 700 candidates representing 10 academic colleges are expected to receive degrees at Arkansas State University’s 2013 summer commencement ceremony, Friday, Aug. 2. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.

Of the summer class, 37 students are graduating with honors including 23 cum laude, 10 magna cum laude, two magna cum laude/honors and two summa cum laude.

Dr. Lynita Cooksey, university Provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, will confer both undergraduate and graduate-level degrees upon the students. The colleges are Agriculture, Business, Media and Communications, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Nursing and Health Professions, Sciences and Mathematics and University College.

"Commencement is one of the greatest times in the life of our university,” said Dr. Cooksey. “It is also a very joyous time, not only for the graduate, but also for family and friends. It is gratifying to know that the education received by Arkansas State’s newest alumni has prepared them to enter a global society filled with opportunities and challenges. We look forward to their continuing accomplishments in the years ahead.”

Lauren Rowe of Paragould, who is receiving her bachelor of science degree in Exercise Science, is the featured student speaker. Rowe is graduating summa cum laude and is a member of the Chancellor’s List. She will enter ASU’s doctor’s program in Physical Therapy this fall.

Following the commencement ceremony, a reception will be held on the north mezzanine with refreshments of punch and cookies.

ASU’s commencement may be viewed online. A broadband connection (384k or greater) is required. To view the video stream, Windows users can open the file URL mms://streamer.astate.edu/asutv by using Windows Media Player. Those using Macintosh computers can use Quicktime and open the file URL at mss://streamer.astate.edu/asutv. Windows Media Components for Quicktime (by Flip4Mac), located at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/wmcomponents.mspx, will need to be installed.