The University of Findlay will host a naturalization ceremony for those seeking to become United States citizens on Wednesday, April 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Center, 1000 North Main Street.
The Honorable Judge Jack Zouhary, who serves the U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, will preside over the ceremony, which will be open to the public.
Speakers will include Nancy E. Tate, former director of the League of Women Voters of the United States and this year’s Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at UF, and Dr. Naghmana Masood, a Pakistani native who is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Nick Thompson, UF’s Student Government Association president and graduating senior, will open and adjourn the court. Guest vocalists who will sing the National Anthem will be Kerry Teeple, Tatum Teeple, Karmen Lauth and Lindsay Norman. Hannah Brown, a Liberty-Benton High School senior, will perform “I’m Proud to be an American.” Martha Avery, a Daughters of the American Revolution member, will serve as accompanist. Findlay High School Wind Ensemble, under Director of Bands Dan Wilson, will also perform.
Annette Crawford, U.S. District Court, Jury and Naturalization Clerk, will present to Judge Zouhary the names of those eligible for naturalization. Victoria Longton, SGA’s sergeant-at-arms, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The obligations of citizenship will be explained by seniors Taylor Werner from Vanlue High School, Alex Porter from Riverdale High School and Zachary Durliat from Arlington High School. Kaitlin Fillhart, a Findlay High School senior, will explain the benefits of citizenship.
Tina Brown, an operations specialist for U.S. District court, will present certificates, and Sons of the American Revolution will retire the colors.