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Things to do in San Marcos before graduation

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Visit the campus statues

The various statues on campus are entrenched in Bobcat tradition and culture. Before students take their final steps on campus, they should make sure to shake LBJ’s hand and rub the fighting stallions one last time.

Hike at Purgatory Creek

The Purgatory Creek trails are a nature hotspot. The trails are expansive and close enough to campus that Bobcats have easy access to them.

Tour campus one last time

Graduating Bobcats should make a point of walking around campus one last time and revisiting all of the buildings where they made memories. Additionally, students should visit buildings they’ve never been in before while they still can.

Go to your residence hall from freshman year

Most students had to live on campus their freshman year and thus will have a plethora of memories from their residence halls. From the 20/20 hindsight of a graduating senior, memories of freshman year are sure to be pleasantly romanticized.

Rent a paddle board from the Outdoor Center

The river is an essential part of the university experience, and everyone should paddleboard down the river at least once. Students can rent kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding equipment from the Outdoor Center located in Sewell Park.

Utilize campus resources

College is the last place many of us will encounter things like free printing and relatively cheap access to a recreational center. Now is the time to try climbing a rock wall or playing racquetball.

Have one last night on the Square

The Square is a central part of San Marcos culture. Students often dance the night away in various bars on the Square. Before graduating, students should take advantage of Texas State’s location and gear up for one last hurrah with all of their friends.

Read outside in the grass and enjoy nature

Texas State is a beautiful campus and something graduates will remember fondly when they move on. In the last days before graduation, students should enjoy the nice weather and read a book outside in the sunshine.

Buy some alumni swag

Bobcats are loud and proud of their university, and a perfect way to show that is with alumni swag. Students can buy alumni gear all around the city including at the campus bookstore, Colloquium, H-E-B and Target.

Eat ‘em up on campus

Many upperclassmen don’t eat on campus as often in the later years. Seniors should make a point to eat a meal in the LBJ Student Center or The Den one last time before they leave for good.

Go to neighboring cities

The best thing about our location is the proximity to neighboring cities. Students should explore the best parts of Austin, Wimberley, Lockhart and San Antonio.

Jump in the river

The biggest graduation tradition students have is jumping in the river in their cap and gown. Bobcats jump into the river as students and emerge cleansed by the flowing waters, ready to tackle life as a college graduate.