By Terri Finch Hamilton
Reprinted from Centralight 2015
Where can a CMU education take you?
Follow the flags.
Beginning in May 2014, Central Michigan University graduates started their new lives with their diploma and the gift of a full-sized maroon and gold CMU flag from President George E. Ross.
More than just a souvenir of campus, the flags are a way for alumni to display their CMU pride, wherever life leads them.
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A year later, these flags represent some compelling stories.
One alum has taken his flag around the world as he teaches in the Middle East, letting it soar in front of the pyramids of Egypt and on a sunset beach in Thailand.
Another uses her flag as a landmark for the nonprofit she founded to help foster children find comfort and dignity by selecting clothes and toys to call their own.
A group of middle-school teachers in Florida use their flags to inspire struggling students to reach for the stars.
One flag in Chicago stands for a young man's courageous journey to be himself.
Four flag-flying alumni share how these banners symbolize their Chippewa pride – and much more.