ANCHORAGE, Ak — Officers from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Anchorage Field Office will present a naturalization ceremony at Romig Middle School on Sept. 17. Eight people will be sworn in before the entire student body, including eighth-grade U.S. History teacher Anaely Hernandez, who comes from Venezuela. This event is part of USCIS’ annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. More than 18,000 people will become U.S. citizens during approximately 180 naturalization ceremonies across the country from Sept. 16 to Sept. 23.
The new citizens come from Germany, the Dominican Republic, Macedonia, Bhuton, Colombia, England, Senegal and Venezuela.
Mike Graham, Chief Academic Officer for the Anchorage School District will offer the keynote address. The Romig Middle School Jazz Band, conducted by teacher Robert Arms, will play, and the school choir, led by teacher Katy Green, will sing the national anthem.
New to its Constitution Day and Citizenship Day celebration this year, USCIS is asking new citizens and their families and friends to share the experience via Twitter using the hashtag #newUScitizen.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is commemorated every Sept. 17 in honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill formalizing the celebration of Citizenship Day. In 2004, Congress established Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.