102 become new U.S. Citizens Monday

On Monday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m., 102 citizen candidates will be sworn in as new U.S. citizens in a ceremony in Lee Chapel, inside Elizabeth Hall at Stetson University. For U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Tampa District Director Ruth Dorochoff will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at Stetson University.

The 102 citizenship candidates originate from the following 35 countries: Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam.

This ceremony is part of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This year USCIS will welcome more than 27,000 new citizens during more than 160 naturalization ceremonies.

USCIS invites new citizens, their families and friends to share their experiences from the ceremonies via social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

The ceremony will include a welcome by Stetson President Wendy B. Libby, patriotic music performed by representatives from Stetson’s School of Music, Presentation of Colors by Stetson’s Army ROTC Color Guard, congratulatory remarks by Political Science Professor T. Wayne Bailey, and a video message from President Barack Obama.