- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) - They forced the class of 2015 to get its diplomas somewhere else. Now, Catawba College has decided it’s time for a mass of honeybees to buzz off.

Local media outlets report the school found a massive honeycomb inside a wall at the Robertson College-Community Center. The bees apparently were entering a hive through a small seam in the building’s brick exterior.

Several other activities slated for the building in late May and early June were canceled, including graduations for the Rowan-Salisbury School System.

Spokeswoman Tonia Black-Gold said the college has hired a Georgia company to provide a non-lethal way to remove the bees, which could take a few more weeks. Wildlife biologist Bryan Bosley estimates nearly 100,000 bees have already been removed, but that up to 300,000 are still there.

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