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40 new Americans make citizenship oath at Auburn

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Some of America's newest citizens celebrated in Auburn Tuesday.

The University hosted a citizenship ceremony where forty people from 27 countries became Americans.

40 people from all around the globe now have the same home: America. By raising their right hands and giving their oath, they became citizens of the United States. One woman from Columbia was enthralled.

"I'm so happy! I'm very excited, very excited," said Miryam Hatley. "I was nervous when I had my interview, my test, my citizenship test. But, right now, I'm okay."

Auburn University hosted the ceremony. And they had the director of the campus medical center speak to the new citizens. He is originally from Trinidad and went through the citizenship process years ago.

"By becoming American citizens, you are stating that you want this to be your home and probably your family's home for generations to come," said Dr. Fred Kam.

Friends and family were in Foy Hall to watch their loved ones become Americans.

This is the second year that Auburn had the citizenship ceremony here on campus. They say they enjoy taking part in the preservation of the American dream.

The diverse group also got a message from President Obama about his expectations for them.

With the privilege of citizenship comes great responsibilities. I ask that you use your freedoms and your talents to contribute to the good of our nation and the world

The American spirit spread to more people who will embrace the red, white, and blue.

Auburn is considering having next year's citizenship ceremony on July 4th.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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