Every year Valdosta State University celebrates its Homecoming whereby students are encouraged to participate in several activities. The theme for this year’s homecoming was commUNITY. The Society for International Students incorporated the theme and came up with their own which was 50 nations, 1 commUNITY. The 50 nations is the amount of countries represented by international students attending VSU which makes up one community. The theme was appropriate for the SIS because the organization is on a mission to be more active on campus.
On Saturday October 7, international students began to congregate at the Center for International programs at approximately 9 a.m. They were encouraged to wear VSU colors or traditional outfits from their home country. Many came out representing their home countries and were eager to participate in the parade. Students were provided with flags from their home country in which they held or wore as part of their clothing.
The parade began at 11 a.m. and the SIS had international music played by a Belizean Dj, Dj Karlo. The music was very live and our students celebrated by singing and dancing throughout the parade. We also had a student dressed up as VSU’s mascot, Blaze who lead the SIS in the parade. Students also gave out candy to the children during the parade.
The SIS also had its homecoming queen representative, Dilcia Turcios from Honduras in the parade. This was her first homecoming parade and she was honored to represent the SIS. The SIS was so colorful in the parade with all the flags and energetic students which made us win the Presidents award. We are very proud to win this award and we couldn’t have done it without our students!