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This year has been unlike any other. While it’s been strange and unprecedented, there’s also been some wonderful milestone moments that we can look back on fondly. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to refresh our memory on some moments that made this school year special.

1) President Dr. Marlene Tromp’s inauguration

On Oct 3, Dr. Marlene Tromp was inaugurated as President of Boise State. Her investiture ceremony was the peak of a week-long celebration which formally introduced Boise State’s seventh President.

2) The annual tree lighting ceremony

Just before holiday break, on Dec 5, Buster Bronco and President Tromp stood in the Quad to light Boise State’s blue and orange tree. As the iconic “B” glowed atop the tree, there was cheer all around with carols, hot drinks, and plenty of holiday selfies.

3) MLK Legacy celebration and march

On Jan 20, the MLK Living Legacy Committee organized an event to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. There was also a week-long celebration of art, student talks, and a keynote speaker (Eric Love) to commemorate MLK’s achievements and celebrate diversity and inclusion at Boise State.

4) A sincere “welcome back” from staff

On Friday, Mar 13, everything changed. Classes moved online just before spring break, which was jarring to say the least. So our faculty put together an encouraging message to help inspire us to finish the semester strong. Congrats on making it through, Broncos!

5) An Idaho earthquake!

On March 31, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the Treasure Valley and surrounding areas. While the quake didn’t do devastating damage, it certainly left a mark on Idahoans who are used to Idaho being a relatively “earthquake free” zone.

5 ½) Virtual commencement festivities

In a format that had never been done before, Boise State built an entirely online graduation ceremony and celebration. The event included student speakers, personalized messages from students to loved ones, and special guests.