Federal judge to preside at naturalization ceremony

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U.S. District Court Judge David N. Hurd will preside over a naturalization ceremony to be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at U.S. District Court, 10 Broad St., Utica.

Twenty-two individuals representing 14 nations from around the world, including Belarus, Bhutan, Burma, China, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Russia, Spain, Sudan, Ukraine and United Kingdom, are scheduled to be sworn in as new citizens at the ceremony.

Dr. Luke Perry, professor of government and politics at Utica College, will be the featured speaker. Are Da Kar, formerly of Burma, will also speak. Amos Williams will perform several musical selections and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office will present the colors for the ceremony.

The reception following the ceremony is sponsored by the New Vision Pioneers Leatherstocking Council.

The ceremony is open to the public, and cameras are welcome.

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