Alumni carry on river jump tradition, take plunge post-graduation


Texas State alumna poses with university hand signs May 15 at Sewell Park before jumping into the San Marcos River.

Jumping into the San Marcos River after commencement ceremonies is a long-held Texas State tradition.

Alumni celebrated May 15 by jumping into the river at Sewell Park after receiving their diplomas.

Seven commencement ceremonies were held this weekend at Strahan Coliseum with around 4,800 candidates for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

After each ceremony, recent graduates lined up along the banks of the river. Donning black graduation gowns, graduates jumped to signify the end of their time at the university. Many took the leap with friends and family.

Photos by Daryl Ontiveros | Staff Photographer