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County Clerk Kendall to Host a Naturalization Ceremony on December 7th

Published: 11/27/2018

For More Information Contact:

Catherine Durland (845) 486-2133

Poughkeepsie, New York: Dutchess County Clerk Bradford H. Kendall will host a Naturalization Ceremony and administer the Oath of Allegiance to approximately forty individuals.  The event will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 2 in the afternoon in the ceremonial courtroom on the 2nd floor in the Dutchess County Courthouse, 10 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. The Honorable Peter M. Forman, Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice and Dutchess County Court Judge, will preside over the ceremony. The Honorable Marcus J. Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive, will deliver the keynote address.  Musical accompaniment will be provided by Maria Hickey.

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes all naturalization applications and provides the clerk’s office with a list of the candidates selected to be naturalized. All petitioners must then participate in a Naturalization Ceremony and swear to the Oath of Allegiance in a formal court proceeding. At that time, they can change their names legally to have their new names appear on the Certificate of Naturalization.


The Dutchess County Clerk’s Office is honored to take part in the final step of the naturalization process. In Dutchess County, naturalization ceremonies are held bi-monthly to induct new citizens of the United States of America.


The ceremony is open to the public and all are invited to attend.