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In the news: Inaugural international student affinity graduation ceremony at the UI held by Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and International Programs

May 10th, 2021

Mary Hartel, The Daily Iowan

Mia Qu said she still remembers landing at the Cedar Rapids airport before beginning her first semester at the University of Iowa.

“I remember talking to a few other students on campus, and meeting one of my best friends right in front of Currier,” said Qu, who is from China. “That’s my very first memory about the campus — meeting new people, like a very exciting adventure.”

She chose the UI because she’d visited the U.S. as part of a high school exchange program, knew the institution had strong business and medical programs of study, and liked the campus’ sprawling outdoor areas. Nearly four years later, Qu delivered a student speech at the inaugural UI International Student Affinity graduation ceremony on May 4.