HAMDEN, Conn. (WHDH) -
Police have arrested a 22-year-old woman who they say phoned in bomb threats to Quinnipiac University to try and have commencement ceremonies canceled so her family wouldn't know she wasn't graduating.
Danielle Shea of Quincy, Mass., is being held on $10,000 bail after giving police a detailed confession Sunday.
Hamden Police say Shea didn't attend the university this year, but her mother paid thousands of dollars she thought was for her daughter's education. They say when graduation arrived, Shea panicked when relatives didn't see her name on the graduation roster.
Police say Shea made two calls to the university saying there was a bomb. The first said there was a bomb in the library. The second call said: "Several bombs are on campus. You haven't cleared out graduation. That's not a good idea."
Commencement for the school's College of Arts and Sciences was delayed and moved indoors to the campus athletic arena.
"We were all lined up ready to go. We heard there would be a delay. We were all a bit on edge, it was hectic," said graduate Ashley Srgo.
Police were able to use her phone number to track Shea down. They found her at the ceremony dressed in a cap and gown.
She is facing charges of threatening and falsely reporting an incident. She is expected to appear in court later this month.