A naturalization ceremony for those seeking to become United States citizens will be held April 5 at 12:30 p.m. at Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium, 950 N. Main St.
The Honorable Judge John P. Gustafson, U.S. District Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio, will preside over the ceremony, which will be open to the public.
Tina Damoah, a deputy clerk for U.S. District Court, will present certificates; Sons of the American Revolution will present and retire the colors; UF’s Student Government Association (SGA) Vice President Rebecca Stricker will lead the Pledge of Allegiance; SGA President Forrest Miller will conduct the opening and closing of the court; and Darin Fields, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and faculty dean, will offer a welcome.
Kate Wilson, a Findlay High School senior, will speak about the benefits of citizenship. The obligations of citizenship will be outlined by seniors Aaron Rode from McComb High School, Matthew Nieset from Van Buren high School, and Mark Lopez from Liberty-Benton High School.
Several musical ensembles will accompany the ceremony. Cody Bachorik, a Liberty-Benton High School senior, will sing the National Anthem; “America the Beautiful” will be performed by Arcadia High School seniors Meredith Boes and Alliyson Knepper and junior Alyssa Clagg; and several Liberty-Benton students will perform “God Bless America” arranged by Greg Lyne. The Arcadia High School Band will provide the postlude music.