MONROVIA (CBSLA) — Mt. Sierra College in Monrovia shut down suddenly this week, leaving students who expected to take part in a graduation ceremony in the lurch.

The president of the Monrovia-based technical college gave students and faculty one day’s notice of its closure in an email, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

(credit: Beverly Kitchen)

“The college, due to severe financial problems, cannot continue to hold classes and will be closing as of June 25th, 2019,” Brian Chilstrom wrote in a letter distributed schoolwide, the Tribune reported.

Students who had finished their coursework would graduate, but a ceremony planned for Thursday was canceled. The for-profit college’s site and social media accounts gave no indication of its current status.

Mt. Sierra College’s accreditation has been in jeopardy since November 2012. Last month, in a letter placing the college on probation, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges noted that Mt. Sierra had changed ownership twice, had multiple directors and was reporting below-benchmark student achievement rates.

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