One of the largest naturalization ceremonies in the state took place Wednesday at Missouri State inside the Plaster Student Union’s theater.
The event saw 82 people become naturalized citizens of the United States. Over 40 different countries, including South Korea, the Philippines, and Malaysia were represented in the ceremony.
The new citizens made the following oath to become Americans:
I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.
Judge Douglas Harpool presided over the ceremony. The judge told those in attendance at the event that he enjoys ceremonies like the one at Missouri State because it’s a reminder for everyone born in the United States not to take the nation for granted.
Missouri State hosted a reception for the new citizens, guests and students after the event.
(Headline photo courtesy Missouri State)