For Immediate Release
September 17, 2009
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Brockport, NY – Constitution Day 2009 was a day of celebration for 68 new US citizens from Rochester and Western New York who took the formal Oath of Allegiance during naturalization ceremonies at The College at Brockport on Wednesday, September 17, in the Seymour College Union Ballroom.
The ceremony was presided over by US Magistrate Judge The Honorable Jonathan W. Feldman, of the US District Court for the Western District of NY, who administered the Oath of Allegiance. The new citizens originally came from 36 countries.
The new citizens, along with their families and friends, were welcomed by College at Brockport President John R. Halstead, who called the ceremony the culmination of the College’s Ninth Annual Diversity Conference. “There is no better example of sharing the dream than to celebrate with our newest citizens,” he said.
College at Brockport senior Tamana Pardais, a native of Afghanistan, was among those sworn in.
Constitution/Citizenship Day Every September 17, Citizenship Day, also called Constitution Day, is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution. This newest of federal holidays was established by Congress in 2004. Citizenship Day was the name given to the holiday prior to its official designation. The Act that passed the holiday also states that federally funded schools are required to provide lessons on the US Constitution during the holiday.
American Democracy Project The Citizenship Day swearing-in ceremony is sponsored by the College at Brockport’s American Democracy Project (ADP) committee. ADP is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.
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