Friday the commencement ceremonies began for Idaho State University students with the March Through the arch. Summer Joy was there to see how students were feeling about graduation and to catch the Bengal fever.
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.
"Just relieved, you never have think back to if there is assignment due or all that reading you have to do. College was a lot of fun, but I'm just really relieved that everything is done now," said Aaron McCabe, an ISU Graduate.
Swanson Hall constructed in 1902 was the first building at the Academy of Idaho, now Idaho State University. The structure was built in 1973, but the Swanson Arch, the building's entrance, was saved and now stands on campus.
"It's very exciting! I did it in four years and I had to take summer classes, I'm graduating with my Bachelors in Health Administration and it's just very exciting to move on in the world and see where you end up," said Kelsea Enster, ISU Graduate.
The ceremony not only offered friends, family, and professors a chance to say farewell and good luck, but a great opportunity to take a photo and hear ISU's choir. After proceeding through the arch students and family enjoyed a picnic on campus.
Friday couldn't have been a better day to walk through the arch and most students who I talked to say their best advice is to get involved with your campus.
"I would say get involved in campus and make time for extra-curricular activities. Grades are very important, but it's all so important to be involved with student clubs and to do traditions like this," added Enster.
Most students I talked to say they are going to continue their education.
"I've been wanting to go back to get my masters in about a year, but first I'm going to start working next week," added McCabe.
"I think ISU is a great university because its not so large that you get lost in crowds, but its large enough that it feels like a true university. I really like Idaho State University and I am a second generation alumni," said Enster.
They only had one left thing to say, "Go Bengals," said McCabe.
The final commencement ceremony for the University will be held on Saturday at holt arena beginning at 10 a.m.