TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - As Tallahassee Community College students and faculty participated in a nationwide recognition of international education, the beginning of the festivities started with a reminder of the very recent attacks in France and Lebanon.
Betty Jensen, the International Services Coordinator led the students in a moment of silence on Monday.
"I ask that you join me in a moment of silence for the people of France and Lebanon. At this time of grief, our hearts, thoughts, and minds are with them. And with our students from these countries here with us today," she said.
Students at TCC also participated in a parade of nations Monday morning, carrying their home country's flag and introducing themselves in their native language.
TCC says there are more than 80 countries represented by the student population at the college.
The college's President Jim Murdaugh says in light of the recent terror attacks, it's now more important than ever to recognize international education week.
"In this time of grieving, we are one. We are one as a world, we are one as a community, we are strong. And we celebrate each and every one of you that are here today. And I want to thank everyone who came out here today to be a part of this event. Unfortunately it had to be timed in a way that perhaps gives it some special significance that we did not want to have," explained Murdaugh.
Students will be able to participate in several events throughout the week including "Bringing the World to TCC" where participants can "visit" 16 different countries, sample foods, and talk to the international students.