UF students, faculty and staff stand along Stadium Road in front of the Hub holding flags from various countries Monday. (Christena Carollo/WUFT News)
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UF Students, Faculty And Staff March Along Stadium Road in Flag Parade

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Students and staff marched along Stadium Road Monday, waving more than 50 large flags representing countries from all over the world.

“Awareness of the rest of the world is really important,” said Gabby Khawly, 21, a biology student at UF. Gabby had heard about the event just hours before and felt she had to go. She held one flag for Peru and one for Lebanon.

The UF International Center organized the flag parade to kick off International Education week. The event was organized to “raise awareness about international education and UF’s global mission,” according to a press release.

Marchers started at the West loading area of the Hub and walked down toward Turlington at 10 a.m. They stopped and faced each other from either side of the street, standing in solidarity as they waved the flags of some of the countries represented by international students and scholars on campus.

“This is my first time to hold my flag in behalf of Koreans,” said Han Kwon, 25, a research assistant at UF who is from Korea and has been in the states for 10 months.

“I am so grateful as a Korean to hold my flag among all the countries,” Kwon said. “It’s an honor.”

 

Gabby Khawly, 21, marches forward with a Peruvian and Lebanese flags Monday. “It’s cool to learn about different countries,” Khawly said. (Christena Carollo/WUFT News)

 

Individuals stand together in front of the Hub Monday, representing different countries during the flag parade. (Christena Carollo/WUFT News)

 

Han Kwon, 25, marched along with others while holding the Korean flag Monday. Kwon has been in the states for ten months and said it was an honor to be able to represent his country. (Christena Carollo/WUFT News)

 

Gabby Khawly, 21, marches forward with a Peruvian and Lebanese flag Monday. “It’s cool to learn about different countries,” Khawly said. (Christena Carollo/WUFT News)

 

Gabby Khawly, 21, holds the official flags of Peru and Lebanon Monday during the flag parade organized by UF’s International Center. (Christena Carollo/WUFT News)

About Christena Carollo

Christena is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 954-793-6813 or emailing christenacarollo@gmail.com.

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