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ISU Graduates March through the Arch May 4

May 1, 2018

A graduate walking through Arch in 2017

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University 2018 Graduate Salute March through the Arch will be held beginning at noon May 4 at the Swanson Arch located on the ISU Pocatello campus between Frazier Hall and the Physical Sciences Building.

“This is an exciting and popular activity for our graduates,” said Allyson Johnson, special events coordinator for the ISU Office of Marketing and Communications. “It's a great opportunity for members of the campus community, as well as family and friends of graduates to celebrate, socialize and get some good pictures.”

Graduates will “March through the Arch” and then proceed to a lunch hosted by the Office of the President in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Swanson Hall, constructed in 1902, was the first building at the Academy of Idaho, now Idaho State University. The structure was razed in 1973, but the Swanson Arch, the building’s entrance, was saved and now stands on campus.

The "March through the Arch" tradition was started in 2000. A spirited ceremony takes place each fall when new students pass through the arch southward into campus. In May, graduates look to the future by passing northward back through the arch symbolizing their exit from the university and entrance into new life adventures.