IUPUI to host naturalization ceremony

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Flags from across the world displayed in the Campus Center. Liz Kaye, IU Communications

One hundred people from 38 countries will become citizens of the United States during a naturalization ceremony that will take place at 10 a.m. April 27 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar, who asked federal officials to hold the naturalization ceremony on campus, will welcome them. The request reflects IUPUI's, IU's and the chancellor's commitment to immigrants and embrace of students from around the world.

The event at IUPUI is one of five naturalization ceremonies in Indianapolis that are scheduled to take place away from the federal courthouse in 2017.

More than 250 people -- including immigrants, their families and friends, and local officials -- are expected to attend the ceremony at Hine Hall, 875 W. North St. Due to limited seating, members of the community are encouraged to watch a live broadcast of the ceremonies via streaming video at broadcast.iu.edu.

The naturalization ceremony will take about 45 minutes. In addition to the administration of the oath of allegiance and welcoming remarks from Paydar and from representatives of federal and state elected officials and organizations, a receiving line will be formed for the naturalized citizens to pass through and receive gifts.

IUPUI will present the new citizens with an IUPUI/American flag pin.

Those taking the oath of allegiance swear to:

  • Support the Constitution and obey the laws of the U.S.
  • Renounce any foreign allegiance and/or foreign title.
  • Bear arms for the armed forces of the U.S. or perform services for the government of the U.S. when required.

Taking the oath completes the process of naturalization, which is how immigrants become citizens of the U.S.

Among the requirements for citizenship are the ability to read, write, speak and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language and demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, principles and form of government of the United States.