Some are required to attend, others have eagerly volunteered. But all will join in the celebration as Nebraska Wesleyan University students and area high school students watch over 40 individuals from 17 countries take their Oath of Allegiance and become naturalized United States citizens.
The public ceremony on Constitution Day, September 17, takes place at Nebraska Wesleyan University. United States District Judge John Gerrard will preside.
Prior to the ceremony, high school students will participate in an education session jointly sponsored by the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. The program includes a discussion of immigration policy with Lincoln attorney Larry Ruth. Nebraska State Certified Court Interpreter Raul Escobar will speak regarding access to the justice system for Nebraska’s immigrant population.
The Naturalization Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium and will include “What It Means to be an American” by Nebraska Wesleyan University student Tram Kieu who was naturalized in 1998. There will be patriotic vocal music by Wesleyan student Cao Nguyen, remarks and announcements by Judge Gerrard, and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by the new citizens.
Judge Gerrard will answer questions from high school students in the auditorium before joining the reception for naturalized citizens and their families after the ceremony.
High School Student Agenda:
Callen Conference Center (Smith-Curtis Bldg)
12:00 pm High School Brown Bag Lunch/Presentation by Larry Ruth and Raul Escobar
1:30 pm Naturalization Ceremony – O’Donnell Auditorium
2:00 pm Judge Gerrard Q and A with high School students
Constitution Day is a day set aside to observe the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. Through Federal legislation enacted in 2004, the annual commemoration of the Constitution is mandatory for schools that receive federal funding.
The Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska State Bar Foundation annually cooperate to provide Nebraska teachers with resources for Constitution Day celebrations.
Contact: Janet Bancroft, Public Information Officer, 402-471-3205