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Arch, The



The Arch Athens, GA 30601

The Arch was built in the 1850s and originally served as part of a larger iron fence securing the campus. A legend starting with Daniel Redfearn, class of 1910, states that if you were to walk under the Arch as a freshman, you would never graduate. When Redfearn arrived in Athens, he vowed not to walk under the Arch until he had a diploma in hand. The tradition is still in place today, with many students refusing to walk under the Arch until after commencement. Recognized as one of the school’s finest icons, students today hold the Arch in high regard as its three pillars represent the virtues of wisdom, justice, and moderation.