Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
March 20, 2017


                                 Aundrea Peterson
Majority Director of Communications
Utah House of Representatives

One hundred twenty-seven people to take the Oath of Allegiance at the Utah State Capitol                        

Salt Lake City – Representative Norm Thurston, in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will host a naturalization ceremony for approximately 127 people from 43 countries at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22 at the Utah State Capitol.

Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and former Utah State Representative Sophia DiCaro will deliver remarks at the ceremony. Rep. Norm Thurston will serve as master of ceremonies. Laura McNeer, field office director for USCIS, will administer the Oath of Allegiance.

Sharlee Hendricks, violinist, will play the national anthem. “America, My Home” will be sung as a surprise by an international lyric tenor-baritone who is a relative of a person naturalizing.

On-site voter registration will be available following the ceremony. 

Speaker Greg Hughes, Utah House of Representatives
Rep. Norm Thurston, District 64
Sophia DiCaro, Former Utah State Representative for District 31
Laura McNeer, USCIS Field Office Director
Sharlee Hendricks, Violinist

U.S. Naturalization Ceremony

Utah State Capitol ­– Rotunda
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 10 a.m.


New citizens will be available for interviews immediately following the ceremony. When photographing someone with their certificate, have the person cover up their alien number (top right) to protect their privacy.