79 to become Americans in Knoxville

 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome 79 new U.S. citizens during two special naturalization ceremonies at U.S. District Court on Tuesday, Spetember 17. U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan will administer the Oath of Allegiance. These ceremonies are part of the over 316 ceremonies that will welcome more than 34,300 new citizens at Constitution Day and Citizenship Day ceremonies across the nation following Sept. 13 and 23.

The 39 citizenship candidates at the morning ceremony originate from the following 27 countries: Benin, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Arica, Uganda, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam.

The 40 candidates at the afternoon ceremony originate from the following 22 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Congo, Cuba, Germany, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

On Sept. 17, the nation observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, as part of Constitution Week (Sept. 17 to 23 this year). The commemoration honors both the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and an observance that began in 1940 as “I Am an American Day.” Citizenship Day began in 1952, based on a law signed by President Harry Truman, and in 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed the first Constitution Week. For a complete list of Constitution week ceremonies visit uscis.gov.