(AP) -- Faculty and staff at a northwestern Indiana college that's slated
for closure attended an emotional weekend commencement for the school's
final graduating class.
Many St. Joseph's
College students, faculty, staff and alumni wept or struggled to hold back
tears during Saturday's commencement at the Rensselaer school's fieldhouse.
Journal and Courier reports the trustees of the small private college voted
in early February to suspend operations, possibly forever.
The trustees said
the 126-year-old Catholic college had run out of money and options and there
would be no students on campus in the fall.
Alumni tried to
keep the college from closing by launching a seven-week campaign to raise
$20 million. But they ended those efforts after learning that the college
had decided to surrender its accreditation.