Hundreds to Celebrate Becoming New Americans at SLU's Chaifetz Arena
University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., will welcome 827 immigrants from 100
countries as they are sworn in as new Americans on Friday. Sponsored by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the naturalization
ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, at Chaifetz Arena.
William Johnson, J.D., dean of SLU's School of Law, will be the guest speaker, music
will be provided by the SLU Law School Choir, and law school students will volunteer
New Americans who have earned the opportunity to be naturalized will take the Oath
of Allegiance at Friday’s ceremony, which is open to the public.
Naturalization is the process that confers U.S. citizenship upon foreign citizens
or nationals who fulfill the requirements established by Congress. After naturalization,
foreign-born citizens enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights and responsibilities
that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. citizens, including the right to vote.
During fiscal year 2016, 752,800 people were naturalized nationwide.
For many years, SLU’s law school has hosted bi-annual naturalization ceremonies, which
have become a proud tradition. The next naturalization ceremony at Scott Hall is planned
for Friday, Oct. 27, and is open to the public.