Family-size river jump commemorates 2022 graduation

Alumni Impact

Madigan Minihan | May 20, 2022

six people jumping into the san marcos river
Allison Jones (third from left) jumps into the San Marcos River with family and fiancé after her commencement ceremony.

You could call it a six-pack of Bobcats or a family-size river jump.

Texas State University graduate Allison Jones (M.A.' 22) was joined by five of her family members and fellow alumni as she jumped into the San Marcos River following the spring commencement ceremony at the University Events Center.

The Jones family has been represented at Texas State for the last 12 years. The oldest son, Nicholas Jones (M.B.A.' 15), began his family's journey in 2010 and was swiftly followed by  younger brother Ryan Jones (B.B.A.' 15).

Bobcat Pride runs very deep in this family. Nicholas and Ryan are both married to alumni, Grace Jones (M.Ed.' 16) and Amy Jones (B.S.' 16). Nicholas met Grace while they were students at Texas State. Joining Allison in her Sewell Park jump was her fiancé Chandler Ralston (B.S.' 19).   

As the river jump tradition continues, more and more Bobcats have decided to jump with their family members and fellow alumni.

"Jumping into the river with my family after crossing the stage and earning my master's degree was an indescribable feeling," Allison Jones said. "Almost like closing a chapter of our lives as a family because we were 'officially' done with our time at TXST."

Over the last decade, the Jones family has accumulated 10 degrees with nine from Texas State.

Allison Jones said she chose to share her jump into the river because she would not have accomplished what she did without family and her fiancé. "Being a Bobcat in general means having a network of people to support you for a lifetime and always having a place you can call home. Personally, with my family history at Texas State, being a Bobcat is an entire family connection. It's just part of being a Jones!"



For more information, contact University Communications:

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