Thursday, February 13, 2014

UIS celebrates international students with Flag Raising Ceremony

The University of Illinois Springfield recognized its international students Wednesday with a special flag raising ceremony.

Twenty-two new flags from different countries were added to the university's display. Each flag represents a current or past student and the country they’re from. The ceremony recognizes the international student base, while also teaching local students about their classmates.

"We had somebody here from Santa Lucia a few years ago but we don't have anybody now, but we had a bunch of students saying, 'Oh, I'll do that one, I'll do that one! Oh, where's this?' So they're learning a little bit about geography and things like that while they're representing, or waving the flag and celebrating the flag for a place they may have just heard about for the first time," said Sarah Jome, director of International Student Services.

UIS currently has more than 200 international students on campus. The 22 flags raised today account for countries represented within the last three school years. In total, 88 different flags now fly in the lobby of the Sangamon Auditorium.

The story was reported by WICS-TV 20 on February 12, 2014.

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