Santa Fe Community College and Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe (LVSF) cohosted a naturalization ceremony Friday, Feb. 1 for 67 candidates who took the Oath of Allegiance administered by Director Jesse Mendez in United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Albuquerque.
SFCC Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D., gave a moving keynote address. She became emotional in her address to “her fellow Americans” as she passionately spoke of her grandparents’ immigration to the U.S. from Mexico and encouraged the new U.S. citizens to have pride in their new country, but to also embrace their heritage as they move forward. SFCC student Maeve Long sang the national anthem. Individuals from 22 different countries participated in the Naturalization Ceremony.
The following new U.S. citizens were participants in the Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe program based at SFCC: Maria Ugarte de Rosales (seen above with her tutor) and Norma Gutiérrez.
Congratulations to Maria and Norma, and thank you, wonderful citizenship tutors!