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Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza

The Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza is a broad walkway lined with 54 flags, a large majority of which represent the home countries of Northwest students and recent alumni. Other national flags stand for countries in which students and community members have expressed a special interest. More than 270 students from nations other than the United States currently attend the University.

The plaza was made possible through the generosity of Joyce and Harvey White, a couple with longstanding ties to Northwest. Harvey White attended Northwest after graduating from Horace Mann High School, and Joyce White graduated from the University with a degree in business in 1951.

Each year the international flag raising ceremony serves to renew the University's commitment to creating and sharing international knowledge. During the ceremony, members of Northwest's international community individually raise their country's flag in accordance with United Nations protocol.

Along with other friends of the University, the Whites established the plaza as both a gateway to the heart of campus and a reminder to students to embrace cultural, national and political diversity.

A colorful Northwest tradition will mark its 14th anniversary at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 when the University's International Affairs hosts the 2011 flag-raising ceremony at the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza.


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