Camelback Hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Constitutition Day and Citizenship Day

Posted by Community Relations on 9/17/2015

Camelback hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Constitutition Day and Citizenship Day, September 17. The event culminated Civics Week for Phoenix Union, when students took the state-required civics exam. Some 500 students from around the District attended the ceremony. John M. Ramirez, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Phoenix Field Office Director, administered the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens and PUHSD Interim Superintendent Dr. Chad Geston was the keynote speaker.

The 16 citizenship candidates originated from the following 14 countries: Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, China, People’s Republic of, India, Iraq, Mexico, Republic of Serbia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United Soviet Union, and Vietnam. The candidates came on stage to recive their certificates, and received a standing ovation from the audience at the end of the ceremony.

This ceremony, which included a message from President Obama and music videos, is part of USCIS’s annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This year, USCIS will welcome more than 36,000 new citizens during more than 200 naturalization ceremonies from Sept. 17 to Sept. 23.

September 17, 1787 was the date the Constitution was signed, and the day was also coined Citizenship Day in 1940.