Students at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy will experience the final step to becoming an American citizen first-hand as the school hosts a naturalization ceremony for individuals seeking citizenship on Thursday, May 1 at 10 a.m. The Honorable James K. Coachys, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, will preside over the ceremony, which is the result of collaboration between the school, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, and the Indianapolis Bar Association Public Outreach Committee.
Naturalization Ceremonies, typically held weekly in Indianapolis in the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, feature the recitation of the United States Oath of Citizenship and provide newly naturalized citizens with a welcome to the United States, a brief overview of the justice system and the importance of citizenship, and greetings and congratulations from city and state officials and local organizations. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will be among the special guests in attendance at the May 1 ceremony and will offer his personal remarks to the new citizens.
The Shortridge event will not only offer the opportunity for the student body to observe the ceremony along with the friends and families of the new citizens, but for some students to also play an active role in the ceremony, with the Presentation of the Colors by the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet Color Guard, the prelude by the Shortridge Chamber Ensemble and the closing, a rendition of America the Beautiful, by the Shortridge Wind Ensemble. Students will also present table top American flags to the new citizens and will lead them in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members of the media are invited to attend the ceremony. Those interested should contact Patricia Marshall, Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association Public Outreach Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Amy McClellan, Deputy Clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, at email@example.com.