U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) presented 25 candidates for citizenship to the United States District Court for Vermont on Monday, Sept. 17. The Honorable William K. Sessions III, chief district court judge for Vermont, administered the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens during a special naturalization ceremony onboard the Steamship Ticonderoga at the Shelburne Museum.
The new Americans and their guest were welcomed by Thomas Denenberg, executive director of the Shelburne Museum and addressed by Vermont Lt. Governor Phil Scott; Mark Koumans, Department of Homeland Security deputy assistant secretary for international affairs; and the Honorable William K. Sessions III. Dr. Francois S. Clemmons, Alexander Twilight Artist-In-Residence Middlebury College, will perform musical selections.
The candidates originate from the following 22 countries: Canada, Cameroon, China, Croatia, France, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Mauritania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Somalia, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USSR, Vietnam, and Yugoslavia.