(L-R) Khawla Manel Habbouche, Maya Mahoney, Jeadminas Alexis, Jacob Favolise, Jonathan Suero and Samuel Khumbula stand in front of the flags raised at the Flag Raising Ceremony held in the student center.

Flag Raising Ceremony celebrates students from different backgrounds and cultures

Students from various backgrounds raised their flags high on Tuesday, November 30.

The annual flag raising ceremony was held in the Lantern Room of the student center. This year’s ceremony was different, as the event is usually held in the Spring.

Keene State College’s Offices of Multicultural Student Support, Student Involvement, Global Education and Global Culture Club hosted the event.

“It’s an important celebration for this institution,” Kya Roumimper, Equity and Community Advocate explained.

“We invite students to honor their most authentic selves, by celebrating the familiar with histories and origins over the years, and to share stories of love and immigration and change, surrounded by a community,” Roumimper said.

The event began with a land acknowledgment given by Roumimper, “We gather today to honor the journeys and heritage of our wonderful students. We also recognize the journeys and indigenous people who have fought for recognition and a right to honor their journeys, traditions and land for many years.

First, Khawla Manel Habbouche raised the Algerian flag, as she’s here as a part of Keene State’s International Students program.

Jonathan Suero then raised the Dominican Republic flag. Suero discussed his father’s background being from the Dominican Republic.

Maya Mahoney talked about how she was adopted from Ethiopia, followed by Jeadminas Alexis talking about her Haitian background.

Jacob Favolise talked about his mother becoming a naturalized citizen from the United Kingdom.

The event was concluded with Samuel Khumbula raising the flag of Zimbabwe.

The event was followed by food from KSC Dining’s catering team.


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