OCC’s Storer Auditorium was transformed into a New York State courtroom December 2 when it hosted a naturalization ceremony. Seventy-six people from 39 countries were sworn-in as American citizens. New York State Family Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice Michael Hanuszczak presided over the ceremony. OCC Music Professors David Rudari, D.M.A. and Kevin Moore performed patriotic songs during the event.
The candidates for citizenship came from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuba, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yemen.
The naturalization ceremony was presented in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Americanization League of Syracuse and Onondaga County.
OCC’s student body has a very diverse and global composition. Among the College’s more than 12,000 students are representatives of 57 different countries, including the United States.