CHADRON, Neb. -- This week's blizzard has wiped out yet another event -- Chadron State winter graduation.

College administrators said early Friday that they were canceling commencement in the interest of safety for all participants.

The ceremony was to take place today at 2 p.m. MT at the Chicoine Center. All students who were graduating today are encouraged to attend the Spring Commencement Ceremony in May, schools officials said.

“I apologize that CSC will be unable to host commencement today, but there’s a limit to what we can do with this type of weather and we’ve reached it,” President Randy Rhine said. “Commencement is truly my favorite day of each semester because I know how much work goes into obtaining a degree. Even though there isn’t a commencement exercise today, all of these graduates and their families and friends should be proud of their achievement.”

Since late Monday evening, Chadron has experienced heavy snowfall and high winds creating large drifts of snow.

Beginning Tuesday, crews at the college began to clear the snow around campus, but a ground blizzard that started Thursday and continued into Friday morning created new obstacles that will be unable to be cleared before commencement was to begin.

All roads leading into and out of Chadron remain closed as of Friday morning.

Students who were scheduled to graduate on Friday and are interested in walking in the spring can email [email protected].