WCC To Host Naturalization Ceremony

September 05, 2017

Wayne Community College will celebrate Constitution Day by hosting a Naturalization Ceremony.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Moffatt Auditorium in the Wayne Learning Center on the college’s main campus in Goldsboro.

The ceremony will be conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for an anticipated 60 applicants. Vernette Thompson, a supervisory Immigration Services officer, will administer the Oath of Allegiance and present the candidates their certificates of naturalization, completing the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

Dr. Gene Smith, the college’s vice president of academic and student services, will provide the welcome and introductory remarks. Renita Allen Dawson, associate vice president of Workforce Continuing Education will perform the national anthem accompanied by Music Instructor Brad Collier. WCC Communications Instructor and Multicultural Club Advisor Andrea Friele, who is a native of Quito, Ecuador, will give the keynote address.

The David Williams Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will provide refreshments after the ceremony.

The Wayne County Board of Elections will be set up in the Atrium outside of Moffatt Auditorium to register voters from 10 a.m. to noon.

Citizenship candidates have been pre-selected and notified for this ceremony. Persons with questions about their naturalization status should contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services directly.

Constitution Day celebrates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Constitution and Citizenship Day educational programs are mandated by federal legislation for all educational institutions that receive federal funding.

This event is open to the public to observe.

Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves 14,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 70 college credit programs. WCC’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.

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