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2016 County Clerk News

County Clerk Kendall to Administer Oath of Allegiance at Naturalization Ceremony

Published: 6/1/2016

Friday, June 3rd at 1:30 PM

Dutchess Community College

Drumlin Hall – Greenspan Cafeteria

53 Pendell Road

Poughkeepsie, New York


Dutchess County Clerk Bradford H. Kendall will host a Naturalization Ceremony and administer the Oath of Allegiance to seventy-five individuals.

The Honorable Maria G. Rosa, Dutchess County Supreme Court Justice, will preside over the ceremony and Tom Sipos, Host of Hudson Valley Focus Live Radio Show, will deliver the keynote address.


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 six times throughout the year to induct new citizens of the United States of America.

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