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New U.S. Citizens Take Oath of Allegiance at Law School Naturalization Ceremony

Western New England University School of Law recently hosted naturalization proceedings for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, in the Blake Law Center. Thirty immigrants from western Massachusetts took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America, and were sworn in as U.S. citizens during the ceremony.
The citizenship candidates included immigrants from China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Macedonia, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Zambia. Ms. Kristen Smith, USCIS Field Office Director, noted the diversity of the new Americans.
In his welcoming remarks, Dean Eric Gouvin observed: "The great strength of our country is its ability to attract new citizens from all around the world who come for their own personal reasons but who contribute their talents, culture, and values to enrich the country as a whole." He continued: "The naturalization ceremony is a celebration of that strength and we are honored to host it."
U.S. District Court Judge Mark Mastroianni, L'89, proceeded over the formal proceeding. He ruled on the motion to accept the new citizens, administered the Oath of Allegiance to the applicants, and challenged them to embrace their new privileges and responsibilities.
Attorney Kathryn Foster, L'09, sang the National Anthem and America, the Beautiful. Professor Sudha Setty, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from India, offered greetings to our newly sworn in Americans. She recalled how proud she was watching her parents become citizens, and noted the values of American citizenship they instilled in her.

The ceremony concluded with video remarks from President Donald Trump and the presentation of Citizenship Certificates. This event was free and open to the public. The Springfield branch of the League of Women Voters offered the new citizens the opportunity to register to vote.