On Aug. 10, Valencia College was proud to serve as host when 100 people were sworn in as U.S. citizens.
Kathy Redman, southeast regional director for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, administered the Oath of Allegiance to 100 candidates at the Performing Arts Center on East Campus. Dr. Joyce Romano, Vice President of Student Affairs for Valencia, delivered welcoming remarks, and Major Jeyanthan Jeyasingam, a Valencia College graduate and current member of the U.S. Army, delivered keynote remarks.
Nicholle Trapp, a student services specialist at Valencia, sang the national anthem. The crowd and new U.S. citizens rose to their feet and waved small American flags as Valencia student and disabled Marine Corps vet Brandon Montgomery sang, “God Bless the U.S.A.,” a song written and made famous by Lee Greenwood.
The citizenship candidates hail from 28 countries: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yugoslavia and Zambia. The largest number originate from Haiti, Colombia, and Jamaica.
This ceremony marks the first time USCIS has held a naturalization ceremony at Valencia College. Thanks to Lori Sunday of Valencia College, who coordinated the event.