2015 Press Releases

The National Archives Celebrates Constitution Day on September 17 with Naturalization Ceremony
Press Release · Thursday, September 10, 2015

Washington, DC

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On Thursday, September 17, at 10 a.m., Constitution Day, the National Archives continues its popular tradition of holding a naturalization ceremony for petitioners seeking United States citizenship.

To honor the 228th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, 29 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. The ceremony includes a welcome from Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and remarks by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director León Rodríguez.

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 naturalization ceremony will be webcast live on the National Archives YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyhR-gR5FRQ.

The Honorable Christopher R. Cooper, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, will preside as the petitioners for United States citizenship take the oath of citizenship at the National Archives. The new citizens are from 28 nations: Argentina, Benin, Canada, Cameroon, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Indonesia, Jamaica, Paraguay, Nigeria, Philippines, Mongolia, United Kingdom, Senegal, Ireland, Italy, Bulgaria, Russia, India, Morocco, Trinidad & Tobago, Senegal, Spain, Honduras, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

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.

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