International Students Take Center Court

International Night at the Golden Flashes Men's Baskeball game recognizes and celebrates the diversity of Kent State students from around the world
International students displaying their countries' flags

Students carrying the flag of Lebanon

It was a different kind of "around the world" on the Golden Flashes' home court at halftime on Tuesday. when a parade of Kent State's international students displayed their countries' flags. 

International students displaying their countries' flags

A group of students from Rwanda

It was the annual International Night as the Kent State men's basketball team welcomed the Miami University Redhawks to the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Kent State's international students enjoy an exceptional American university experience and, in turn, enrich the overall university environment by sharing their cultures and experiences. More than 1,500 international students from 100 countries are currently enrolled at Kent State as part of the university's welcoming and diverse global community. 

Marcello Fantoni and Todd Diacon with students from Brazil

Vice President for Global Education Marcello Fantoni, Ph.D. (far left) and Kent State University President Todd Diacon (center, wearing a hat and lanyard) with a group of students from Brazil

Kent State students from many different countries proudly displayed their countries' flags in a parade around the court at halftime led by Vice President for Global Education, Marcello Fantoni, Ph.D.

International students displaying their countries' flags

The flag of Oman (left) and the flag of Pakistan (right)

Participants received free pizza and there was also a tabling opportunity in the building lobby before the game that allowed international students to present information about their home countries.

International students displaying their countries' flags

A student carrying the flag of Nigeria. 

The Golden Flashes ralllied in the second half to close the gap in scoring. At the final buzzer, however, the Redhawks had outscored the Golden Flashes 71-65

An exciting image from the Kent State vs. Miami U game 2024

All photos by Bob Christy, senior photography coordinator, University Communications and Marketing



POSTED: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 01:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 03:15 PM
Phil B. Soencksen