Naples, FL – December 7, 2009 – Edison State College, Collier Campus President Dr. Jeffery Allbritten, together with Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, partnered with The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security to host a naturalization ceremony in Collier County. Eighty-three applicants from 30 countries took the Oath of Allegiance to The United States of America in order to become naturalized citizens. This is the second time in 25 years that a naturalization ceremony has taken place in Collier County.
Opening remarks were delivered by Dr. Jeffery Allbritten, Edison State College Collier Campus President. The keynote speaker was Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Miami). Collier County Commissioner, Jim Coletta was in attendance. Colors were presented by the Collier County Sheriff’s Honor Guard and the National Anthem was sung by Officer Sylee Wagganer of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
Collier County Resident Ignacio Andre Delcorto Hidalgo, E4 Specialist, US Army, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Ignacio recently received his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and applied to be a citizen so that he could receive his direct commission. He became a naturalized citizen during the ceremony.
“This is a wonderful event in the lives of so many,” said Edison Collier Campus President Dr. Jeffrey Allbritten. “Edison State College Collier Campus is proud to, once again, be the site where many Collier County residents become American citizens. We look forward to hosting again in the future.”