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Idaho State University Graduates March through the Arch set at noon May 10

Posted May 8, 2013

The Idaho State University Graduates March through the Arch will be held beginning at noon May 10 at the Swanson Arch located on the ISU Pocatello campus between Frazier Hall and the Physical Sciences Building.

"This is a wonderful and popular activity for 2012-13 graduates," said Allyson Johnson, events coordinator for the ISU Office of the President. "Members of the campus community, as well as family and friends of graduates, are encouraged to gather at the Arch to say farewell to the graduates, to socialize and get some good pictures."

Graduates will "March through the Arch" and then proceed to an outside picnic on campus.

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.

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