Mount St. Joseph University hosted a Naturalization Ceremony for 100 people who became U.S. citizens on Friday, November 12., 2021.

citizens taking oath in university theatre.



Jeff Wampler
Vice President of Marketing, Mount St. Joseph University

November 12 , 2021


CINCINNATI – Mount St. Joseph University (MSJ) hosted a Naturalization Ceremony for 100 people who became U.S. citizens on Friday, November 12. MSJ’s theatre officially became a U.S. federal courthouse for the day.

The Honorable Karen L. Litkovitz was the U.S. Magistrate Judge and took the oath of the new citizens. U.S. Congressman Steve Chabot was also in attendance to greet the group. MSJ color guard presented the flag and the MSJ University Singers sang the national anthem.

Each new citizen went on stage to receive their certificate. U.S. Marshalls were also on location for security. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the general public could not attend.

Please see below for a full list of countries represented at the ceremony:

Bhutan,8; Burkina Faso,1; Burundi,1; Cameroon,6; China,3; Congo (Brazzaville),1; Congo (Kinshasa),6; Côte d'Ivoire,1; Dominican Republic,6; El Salvador,2; Ethiopia,1; The Gambia,1; Ghana,8; Guatemala,1; Hong Kong,1;India,9; Iran,2; South Korea,1; Kyrgyzstan,1; Lebanon,2; Mali,1; Mexico,10; Nepal,6; Nigeria,4; Pakistan,1; Philippines,1; Senegal,3; Serbia,1; Singapore,1; Spain,1; Taiwan,1; Thailand,1; Uganda,1; Ukraine,2; Uzbekistan,1; Vietnam,3

 citizens taking oath in university theatre
New citizens taking the oath.


university singers singing national anthem in theatre.
Mount St. Joseph University Singers singing the National Anthem.


brass quartet performing on university theatre stage.
Brass quartet performing at the ceremony; Gabe Day, Alexandra Courter, and Austin Gray.


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