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Oriel College has honoured one of its alumni by flying the flag of Gibraltar above the college.
Fabian Picardo, who studied Law at Oriel from 1990 to 1993, has been elected as the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, an achievement that has been commemorated by his former college.
The flag was flown after Mr. Picardo’s democratic election as Chief Minister, and did not act as an endorsement of the candidate pre-election. Third year Orielense Mike Gale said he thought it was a “nice gesture” which “personalised and drew [Oriel’s] attention to an otherwise obscure news story.” He added that “remembering alumni is pretty standard at Oriel.”
Colleges have previously honoured the achievements of foreign alumni in the same way: University College flew the American stars and stripes when Bill Clinton was elected as President.