Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

09/13/2013 -- CCAC is host site as dozens prepare to become U.S. citizens on Constitution Day & Citizenship Day, September 17

PRESS RELEASE
For more information contact CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County, in coordination with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is hosting a naturalization ceremony for candidates for U.S. citizenship at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17, in the Auditorium of the Foerster Student Service Center located on CCAC Allegheny Campus, 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh (North Shore). The ceremony promises to have added significance for the candidates as the date coincides with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. More than 18,000 people will become U.S. citizens during approximately 180 naturalization ceremonies taking place across the country from September 16 to September 23.

CCAC Allegheny Campus President Donna Imhoff, PhD, will welcome the candidates with Immigration Services Officer Pamela Hogan and USCIS Pittsburgh Field Office Director Valerie Tobias overseeing the Presentation of the Candidates and the Oath of Allegiance, respectively. In all, 49 candidates representing 30 countries are scheduled to participate in the ceremony watched over by family members, friends and members of the CCAC community. The candidates hail from the following countries: Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Burma, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Nigeria, Russia, Somalia, South Korea, Syria, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

New to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day celebrations this year, new citizens, their families and friends will be encouraged to share their experiences via Twitter using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are commemorated every September 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 September 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

Every year, the USCIS welcomes approximately 680,000 citizens during naturalization ceremonies across the United States and around the world. Last year, USCIS naturalized more than 763,000 new U.S. citizens. In 2012, the top countries of origin for naturalization were in the following order: Mexico, Philippines, India, Dominican Republic and China. This is the first time CCAC has hosted a ceremony of this kind. Further information about the citizenship process and more statistics are available on USCIS’s Naturalization Fact Sheet.

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About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to nearly 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.

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