Caldwell University international students and alumni (from left to right) Jefferson Daley from Jamaica, Enrico Freitag from Germany, Pradiptee Lama from Nepal, Fritz Meister from Switzerland, and Patrick Grey from New Zealand hold flags representing their countries of origin in the university’s Hall of Flags. The 77 flags adorning the hall represent the countries of origin of both past and present international students — from countries such as Australia, Lebanon, Ecuador, Ghana, South Korea, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, and more.
Through its official flag-raising ceremony, Caldwell — located in New Jersey — recognizes students who come to the university from countries not yet represented on campus. President Nancy Blattner leads the celebration, which typically includes a cultural presentation by the students and the playing of their countries’ national anthems.
As a welcoming place for international students, Caldwell has raised more flags in recent years; the 2016-2017 freshman class, with individuals from 32 different countries, boasts the largest international student population in the university’s history.