All-Women U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony Held at WMU-Cooley Law School Tampa Bay Campus

Gerald Evans, Dionnie Wynter

Keynote speaker and WMU-Cooley Campus Director Dionnie Wynter, shakes hands with USCIS Tampa Supervisory Immigration Services Officer Gerald Evans during the all-women naturalization ceremony at the WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus on March 10.

Sixty women completed the path to U.S. citizenship Friday, March 10, during an all-women naturalization ceremony at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus. The ceremony was held in honor of Women’s History Month, and included candidates from 28 countries.

WMU-Cooley Law School Associate Dean Ron Sutton presented opening remarks for the ceremony followed by WMU-Cooley Campus Director Dionnie Wynter who presented the keynote.

Wynter, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jamaica, addressed the rights and responsibilities of citizens and spoke of the sacrifices women have made over the years. Wynter recalled her own journey to U.S. citizenship, which began with her mother’s decision to travel to the United States in 1987, leaving her children behind. A short time later, her mother was able to petition for the rest of the family allowing Wynter to become a U.S. citizen in 2002.

This is the second year Wynter has worked with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to have the Oath of Allegiance administered at the law school’s campus.

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Women from 28 countries took the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. Citizens at the all-women naturalization ceremony hosted by WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus.

About Western Michigan University Cooley Law School: WMU-Cooley Law School resulted from the 2014 affiliation that combined WMU's status as a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and WMU-Cooley Law School operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.



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