GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Friday was a special day for 40 people as they became American citizens.
Hailing from around the world, they took the oath at a naturalization ceremony at the ECU Heart Institute.
The event was the first collaboration between the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services and East Carolina.
The new citizens say they are happy they are here.
“It was a long road,” said Mary Nkwh from Cameroon. “It’s not like you can jump into America and then you become a citizen the next day. It’s a process and I had to go all through that and so I’m really grateful today.”
“I wanted to become a U.S. citizen many years ago, but I never seemed to find the right time or really get myself together or do the due processes that I need to do to become a citizen,” explained Edgar Ferrer-Lorenzo, who left Cuba in 2004.
The ceremonies are held most weeks someplace around the state.