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International Thanksgiving Celebration


This annual Syracuse University event is a beloved tradition among international students. The celebration is an opportunity to share North American Thanksgiving food and traditions with people from around the world. This event dates back to 1982 in Hendricks Chapel and was founded by Dr. T.E. Koshy. It has been held at Syracuse University every November since, except for 2010-2012. It was brought back by Chancellor Syverud and Dr. Chen in 2013, meaning this year marks our 36th annual International Thanksgiving Celebration.

This year’s event:

The Celebration will be on Thursday, November 19, 2020, made possible by the Chancellor’s House and Center for International Services. Attendees must sign-up in advance (first come, first serve as tickets are limited). Ticket information was emailed to all of our international students who are here in Syracuse this fall. Food Services will provide attendees a pickup location for their individually packaged thanksgiving dinner. They offer a traditional American Thanksgiving meal, with Kosher, Halal, and vegetarian options available upon request. Attendees will pick up their meal between 4:30pm and 6:30pm at the designated location, and then join our community at 7pm on Zoom for the main event.

Greetings will be offered by Juan Tavares, Director of the Center for International Services; Chancellor Kent Syverud; and Dr. Ruth Chen, Professor of Practice. Pastor Jay Koshy, Evangelical Chaplain at Hendricks Chapel, will offer the invocation, and a Native American Thanksgiving address will be offered by Regina Jones, Assistant Director of the Native Student Program and a member of the Oneida Nation’s Turtle Clan. Muslim Chaplain Amir Duric will offer the benediction. Members of the University community serve as table hosts (or this year, Breakout Room hosts), keeping conversation lively and answering questions about the celebration.

For questions or more information on this year’s event, contact Kevin Speer at

Past event coverage:

2019 Celebration, by SU Campus and Community News

2018 Celebration, by THENEWSHOUSE

2001 Celebration, by SU News

Past event photos:

Navigate to this Syracuse Collage website, type “Thanksgiving” in the search, and view event photos from 2010 and 2016-2019!