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Complimentary Graduation Photos at Swanson Arch

In lieu of the traditional March through the Arch event, we would like to offer each of you a complimentary graduate photo taken at Swanson Arch. A professional photographer will be stationed at Swanson Arch in Pocatello at the following times:

Friday, April 16, 2 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 22,10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop by any session. You do not need to sign up beforehand. Please observe physical distancing guidelines while there. Masks may be briefly removed for your photo, but should immediately be put back on once your photo has been taken. Group photos will not be allowed.

Photos will be directly uploaded to the university's photo gallery platform SmugMug, and can be found in the March Through the Arch (2021) photo album.

Swanson Arch

The Swanson Arch was part of the original Swanson Hall built in 1903. It was the entryway into the Academy of Idaho's first building. The building was named after Theodore Swanson who was a member of the original board of trustees. Swanson Hall was known as "Old Ad" because it served initially as the Administration Building and classrooms.

Swanson Hall, constructed of stone and brick with no structural steel and a lava rock foundation, was topped with a huge Gothic roof. It was condemned and razed in 1973. The entry arch was preserved as a monument. Thousands of students have passed through this arch, which preserves a major part of Idaho State University's history.

Swanson Hall in the 1930's