Interested in carrying your country's flag at December graduation?
Are you graduating this December? Would you like to carry your country's flag in the commencement ceremony?
Students graduating in December can carry their country's flag in the commencement procession. If you would like to represent your country, contact the Office of International Student Services no later than Friday, Nov. 24. Only one person per country and ceremony will be allowed to carry their country's flag.
Who is allowed to carry foreign flags?
Any graduating University of St. Thomas student who has citizenship in a foreign country should be allowed to carry the flag of their home country in commencement. This includes international students studying at UST on a student visa or any other nonimmigrant visa, foreign citizens who have established permanent resident status (also known as immigrant status or "green card") in the United States, and those who are dual citizens of the United States and another country.
According to the St. Thomas Flag Policy approved by the President's Office, only flags of countries that are member states of the United Nations can be carried. Visit the United Nations Web site for a list of member states.
The first person from a country to sign up will be that country's flag bearer. So, contact OISS immediately if you want to represent your country.
If you have questions, contact OISS via e-mail, call (651) 962-6650 or stop by the office in Room 161, Murray-Herrick Campus Center, St. Paul campus.