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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 20, 2015
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor, TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us
Thomasina Cooper, Executive Assistant, CooperT@co.thurston.wa.us

Honoring New Citizens – A Special Naturalization Ceremony
New U.S. citizens will be sworn in at Aug. 25 ceremony

OLYMPIA, WA – Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall and the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) invite our community to join the celebration, as soon-to-be United States citizens take the oath of naturalization, administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), on Tuesday, August 25. Official check-in starts at 1:30 p.m.; the ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the Minneart Performing Arts Center, 2011 Mottman Road SW, on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College.

Congressman Denny Heck will deliver keynote remarks, TRL Director Cheryl Heywood will share her experiences as a naturalized citizen and Auditor Mary Hall will offer closing congratulatory comments. Olympia resident Derik Nelson, a cast member of the hit television show "Glee," will perform the national anthem.

According to Auditor Hall, "this event represents the basis of our democracy. I am honored to be a part of the ceremony, and look forward to welcoming our newest citizens."

The Thurston County Elections team will be onsite to register citizens to vote, and provide information about voting. Library staff members will be on hand to help people sign up for library cards, and demonstrate library resources for English language instruction, practice citizenship tests and other valuable tools for those working towards citizenship.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3