Welcoming New U.S. Citizens at GMS

Event Date: 
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 10:00am


Greely Middle School
351 Tuttle Road
Cumberland, ME 04021
United States

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Supervisory Immigration Services Officer Cindy Lembarra will administer the Oath of Allegiance to 33 candidates during a naturalization ceremony at the Greely Middle School on April 7th.
Welcoming remarks will be provided by Mr. Jeff Porter, Superintendent, MSAD #51. Keynote remarks will be provided by Ms. Ekhals Ahmed.  Ms. Ahmed teaches English at Casco Bay High School, and runs a program called Make It Happen, which prepares multilingual students for college.  She was recently featured on a nationally syndicated afternoon show . The Greely Middle School Chorus accompanied by the Sounds of Silence will perform the national anthem.  The Greely Middle School Jazz Band will perform special musical selections and the Greely Civil Rights Team will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
The 33 citizenship candidates originate from the following 24 countries:  Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Italy New Zealand, Nicaragua, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
The candidates reside in the following Maine cities and towns:  Arundel, Biddeford, Cape Neddick, Cumberland, Falmouth, Kennebunk, Minot, Portland, Saco, Sanford, South Portland, Springvale, Westbrook, and Windham.                                                                
For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis, @uscismediabos), Instagram (@USCIS), and YouTube (/uscis). 
USCIS is asking new citizens and their families and friends to share the experience and photos at their ceremonies on social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen.
Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Greely Middle School
351 Tuttle Road
Cumberland Center, Maine
Paula Grenier, USCIS Public Affairs Officer, 617-565-9410 (office),
617-543-5339 (cell), or paula.m.grenier@uscis.dhs.gov
Ashley Caswell, Community Development & Resource Manager, MSAD #51,
207-829-4800 x221, acaswell@msad51.org
For planning purposes, media attending the ceremony are requested to RSVP to paula.m.grenier@uscis.dhs.gov
Media are invited to come early to speak with the candidates, but should plan to be in place by 9:50 a.m.


Media partners are requested to check in at the Main Office to be escorted by school staff to the event.