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ISU winter graduates March through the Arch Dec. 13

December 9, 2019

Students marching through the Swanson Arch during spring 2019 ceremony.

POCATELLO – As part of Idaho State University’s newest tradition – a winter commencement ceremony – the 2019 Winter Graduate Salute March through the Arch will be held beginning at noon Dec. 13 at the Swanson Arch located on the ISU Pocatello campus between Frazier Hall and the Physical Sciences Building.

“It is exciting for our winter graduates to now be able to take part in this beloved Idaho State University tradition,” 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 December 2019 graduates, to celebrate, socialize and get some good pictures.”

Graduates will process through the Swanson Arch and then proceed to a luncheon in the Pond Student Union hosted by the Office of the President.

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 December and 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.

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.