WMU News

New citizens sworn in May 3 at Miller Auditorium

May 1, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Some 500 new American citizens who will be sworn in Friday, May 3, when the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service holds a naturalization ceremony at WMU's Miller Auditorium.

A crowd of about 2,500 is expected to attend the event, which will take place at 2:30 p.m. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, Kalamazoo Mayor Robert Jones and Dr. Fredrick J. Dobney, Western Michigan University provost and vice president for academic affairs, are among the officials who will be on hand to greet the new citizens.

Immigrants from 81 nations are among those who will be sworn in. The oldest participant will be an 82-year-old woman who was born in Russia. Those participating will take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States, which will be administered by U.S. District Court Judge Gordon J. Quist.

The ceremony is being coordinated by the Detroit office of the INS, which serves the entire state of Michigan. The International Instute of Detroit is co-sponsoring the event, and WMU will act as the host. A brief reception will follow the ceremony.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

Media note: Members of the media are encouraged to photograph the event and may interview new citizens and their families.

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