San José Unified principal to take citizenship oath at school assembly

May 17, 2018

SAN JOSÉ, CA – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will hold a naturalization ceremony at San José High School on Tuesday, May 22, to confer citizenship on ten immigrants, including Principal Gloria Marchant. Ms. Marchant, a citizen of Chile, came to the U.S. as a bilingual science teacher and has been principal of San José High since 2014. USCIS San José Field Office Director James Wyrough will administer the Oath of Allegiance.

Ms. Marchant will make the keynote speech at this ceremony. San José Unified Trustee Teresa Castellanos – also representing the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations – will make welcoming remarks. San José High student Nathan Luong will sing the national anthem, and fellow student Catherine Martinez will lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Founded in 1863, San José High is the second-oldest public school in California.

“San José Unified is committed to supporting our students, staff, and families as uncertainty over federal immigration policy continues to create anxiety and fear in our community,” said Superintendent Nancy Albarrán. “This event presents a unique opportunity for our students to see the citizenship process at work. We are very excited for Ms. Marchant and our community members, and we congratulate them all on this special occasion.”

WHO: San José High Principal Gloria Marchant; Naturalization candidates; Students

WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 10:00 AM

WHERE: San José High School, Multi-Purpose Room, 275 N 24th St., San José, CA 95116

CONTACT: Sharon Rummery, USCIS Public Affairs Officer, (415) 248-8873 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

About San José Unified
San José Unified is an innovative urban school district that prepares today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow. Serving over 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school in 41 schools from Downtown San José to the Almaden Valley, San José Unified is Silicon Valley’s largest and most diverse school system.