Posted by Jeremy Pittenger on August 16, 2013
It was a historic moment for 135 immigrants who took the oath to become U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony in Crimi Auditorium today. Thirty-five nationalities were represented at the ceremony which was hosted by the university and World Relief DuPage/Aurora.
For Eva Serrano, Assistant Professor and Director of Latino Initiatives at Aurora University, it was an opportunity to reflect on her family’s heritage and to share with the audience the role that education can play in the lives of new citizens. “This ceremony means a lot to me not only as an American but as the daughter of an immigrant from Mexico and as an educator,” she said. “At AU, we believe that learning transforms lives. That is, individuals and communities become better through education. As you cross the bridge into being recognized as a full participant in this great country, remember that we all do better—when we all do better.”
Serrano went on to credit the family and friends of the new citizens for their support during the naturalization journey. She likened their support to the many people who came together to make the ceremony possible, from the staff at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office to the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps from East Aurora High School. This is the third year Aurora University has hosted the ceremony on campus.