2014 Press Releases

The National Archives Celebrates Constitution Day with Naturalization Ceremony on September 17, 2014
Press Release · Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Washington, DC

Ceremony Features ThinkFoodGroup’s Chef José Andrés

On Wednesday, September 17, at 10 a.m., the National Archives continues its popular tradition of holding a naturalization ceremony for petitioners seeking United States citizenship. To honor the 227nd anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, 36 petitioners will be sworn in as new citizens in front of the original "Charters of Freedom" (The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights) in the Rotunda of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. This year’s ceremony includes a welcome from Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and keynote address from the owner and president of the ThinkFoodGroup José Andrés. This program is presented in partnership with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The National Archives has also partnered with the Civics Renewal Network and will feature a special recitation of the Constitution’s preamble by 10 students from the following DC schools: Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Capitol Hill Cluster School, and the District of Columbia Public School.

The Honorable U.S. District Court Chief Emmet G. Sullivan, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, will preside as 36 petitioners for United States citizenship take the oath of citizenship at the National Archives. The new citizens are from 30 nations: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Nigeria, Philippines, Republic of Serbia, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Zambia.

The Press Is Invited to Cover the Ceremony. The press should use the Constitution Avenue special events entrance, at 7th Street, NW, and set up by 9:45 a.m., as the ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m. RSVP to public.affairs@nara.gov.

The Use of Flash and Additional Lights is Prohibited in the Rotunda.

Please note: due to the ceremony, the Rotunda and the National Archives Museum will open to the public at 11:30 a.m. and remain open until 5:30 p.m. Regular hours of 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. resume on September 18.

About the Civics Renewal Network is an alliance of 26 organizations dedicated to raising the visibility of civics education and providing free, high-quality resources for teachers and classes. Partner organizations include the National Archives and Records Administration, the Annenberg Public Policy Center, the Library of Congress, the National Constitution Center, National History Day, the NEH’s EDSITEment Project, the Newseum, Rock the Vote and the U.S. Courts. For the complete list: http://civicsrenewalnetwork.org/partners.

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