Big weekend for college graduations

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) This weekend is a big one for college graduations.

In addition to the University of Vermont, many smaller colleges will hold commencements, and for some, it will be for the last time.

Green Mountain College, the College of St. Joseph and Southern Vermont College are all set to shut their doors for good after this weekend's last graduation ceremony. All three were forced to close because of financial hardships and declining enrollment. The presidents from the colleges say its an uphill battle to stay open because it's the more well-known colleges that receive large investments.

All Vermont State Colleges also are set to hold commencement ceremonies this weekend. The flagship University of Vermont will hold its graduation Saturday and officials are warning about some road closures.

Friday, May 17, 7 a.m.-Sunday, May 19, 8 p.m.
-University Place will be closed from Colchester Avenue to Main Street
-South Prospect Street will be closed from College Street to the University Health Center entrance

Sunday, May 19, from 5 a.m.-6 p.m.
-South Prospect Street will be closed from Colchester Avenue to Main Street
-College Street will be closed from South Prospect Street to South Williams Street

Sunday, May 19 from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
-The northernmost westbound lane on Main Street from University Heights to South Prospect Street will be closed

Drivers are urged to plan accordingly.