Naturalization Ceremony Held at Belmont College
118 petitioners for naturalization were welcomed as new U.S. citizens.
St. Clairsville, OH (May 11, 2012) – For the 12th year, individuals from all
over the world gathered at Belmont College on Friday, May 11 at the Main Campus
in St. Clairsville, Ohio to take part in a naturalization ceremony. 118 petitioners
for naturalization were welcomed as new U.S. citizens.
Of these petitioners the youngest was 18 and the oldest age 69. They came from places
as diverse as Somalia, India, El Salvador, Rwanda, Morocco, and France, and walked
into Belmont College’s Horizon Hall as citizens of different countries. When
they left, however, the 118 participants in the naturalization ceremony were full-fledged
citizens of the United States.
On behalf of the Belmont College Board of Trustees and the College, Belmont President
Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski welcomed those being naturalized, “It is an honor to
host this naturalization ceremony here at Belmont College and I offer you my sincere
congratulations and welcome you as a U.S. citizen.”
Additionally, Ohio State Senator Lou Gentile, City of St. Clairsville Mayor Robert
Vincenzo, and Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede offered welcoming remarks.
The Honorable Edmund A. Sargus officiated the ceremony and the hearing of petitioners.
“We have people from 40 different countries, from all over the world represented
here to be made citizens of the United States,” he said. “I take great
pride in welcoming these petitioners not just as a district judge, but also as the
grandson of Lebanese immigrants and the great grandson of Irish immigrants.”
The ceremony also included: The Honorable Jennifer L. Sargus; The Honorable John
M. Solovan, II; The Honorable J. Mark Costine; The Honorable Harry W. White; The
Honorable John A.Vavra; Mr. Robert Bremer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;
Dawn Davis, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Ms. Frances Green, Deputy
Clerk, U.S. District Court; Mr. William F. Shubat, Director, Belmont County Board
of Elections; Belmont College Board of Trustee Dr. Lorrinda Saxby; The United States
Marshal and two deputy marshals including the newest U.S. Marshal, Mario an English
Black Labrador Retriever.
“What a tremendous occasion for residents of Belmont County to welcome these
new United States citizens,” said Judge John M. Solovan, II. “We congratulate
you (petitioners) as you take the oath of citizenship and become an American.”
Approximately 146 students from the St. Clairsville, Union Local, and Shadyside
school districts attended the ceremony.
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petitioner for naturalization stands to state his name and country of origin to
be recognized by the state court judges.
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