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The 30th Annual International Flag Ceremony

by Rebecca Kielbasa

Tiffin University’s 30th Annual International Flag Ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 17, at 11 a.m. in the Osceola Theatre in the Gillmor Student Center.

The ceremony kicked off with Caitlyn Bass, the Manager of International Affairs, welcoming the attendees and explaining the celebration of International Education Week. Following this introduction, Bass began the procession of the returning countries.

The crowd stood out of respect while the TU students, proudly representing their homes, carried in their nation’s flag. During the processional, a large screen in the front of the room showcased the country coming down the aisle, facts about the country and a list of the students who currently attend TU from that nation.

Upon completion of the returning countries processional, Dean of Students Jacob Simon and TU President Lillian Schumacher addressed the event with a greeting. President Schumacher spoke of her time living in Saudi Arabia and commented on the incredible cultural uniqueness TU has and how excited and proud she is to have such a vast and rich diversity at our institution.

With the presentation of the new flags, TU welcomed Croatia and Gambia to Dragon Nation. The new students were presented with Tiffin University Flags.

With 27 countries returning, and the two new additions, TU is now home to over 150 international students representing 29 countries. Executive Director of Business Development & International Affairs noted the importance and value of the diversity at TU saying, “International students bring so much perspective and value to our campus and the Tiffin community. When international students share their culture, it enables us to understand the world and think holistically. That could not be replaced or supplemented in the classroom.”

Under the direction of Brad Rees, the University Choir sang Dereva Ni Mungu, a classic song from Kenya in Swahili. The ceremony ended with the singing of TU’s Alma Mater.

Set up at the ceremony were banners for the community to sign to welcome and greet the new students and candy from Croatia and Gambia for the community to try.

For more information about International Affairs, please contact Caitlyn Bass by phone at 419.448.3287 or by email at