A naturalization ceremony to honor nearly 100 people who have completed their requirements for becoming U.S. citizens is scheduled for Monday at Intrust Bank Arena. The ceremony is open to the public and starts at 7 p.m.
It will be an unusual evening in that naturalization ceremonies are typically held in smaller venues where the seating is limited. But Wichita Rotarians wanted to help create awareness and an appreciation for what it takes to become U.S. citizens, said Roger Ramseyer, managing director of government and public affairs for INVISTA and a member of the Rotary Club of Wichita.
The 90-minute ceremony will include comments from featured speaker Neeli Bendapudi, the University of Kansas business dean who is herself a naturalized citizen. The event will be presided over by Judge Eric Melgren and will include the McConnell Air Force Honor Guard and the Wichita East Madrigals and Philharmonia.
Boy Scouts will act as ushers and distribute free pocket Constitutions to the first 3,000 attendees.
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Ramseyer said the people who are becoming new citizens represent 36 countries.