Pitt Cohosts Swearing-in Ceremony for New Citizens

Issue Date: 
July 7, 2008


As part of the Pittsburgh 250 Celebration, 250 Western Pennsylvania residents took the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens on May 29 at the Soldiers and Sailors Museum and Memorial in Oakland. The special ceremony, cohosted by Pitt, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), and the Pittsburgh 250 Commission, celebrated the vast contributions immigrants have made throughout the area’s 250-year history.


Donetta Ambrose, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, presided over the ceremony.


G. Reynolds Clark, Pitt vice chancellor for community initiatives and Office of the Chancellor chief of staff, was host of a University-sponsored reception for the new citizens and their guests in the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room, where guests were invited to tour the University’s Nationality Rooms. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Debra Zamberry, director of the USCIS Pittsburgh Field Office, also participated in the celebration.