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Watch now: UW graduate among 5 immigrants who became full US citizens during Republican National Convention
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Watch now: UW graduate among 5 immigrants who became full US citizens during Republican National Convention

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A Sudanese-American woman who became a full U.S. citizen on national television Tuesday received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Wyoming in 1995, a school spokesman said last Wednesday.

In a taped scene played as part of the Republican National Convention, Neimat Awadelseid stood alongside four other immigrants in the White House and took the oath required to complete the process of becoming a full U.S. citizen.

The oath was administered by acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf.

President Donald Trump then took the lectern and made brief comments about each immigrant.

Trump told Awadelseid she had a “beautiful name.” He called Wyoming a “great place, great state.”

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On her LinkedIn page, Awadelseid identifies herself as a substitute teacher in Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia.

Her name appears in associated employee logs.

In subsequent interviews with ABC News and other national outlets, Awadelseid said she didn’t know Trump would be attending the event, nor did she know the video — for which she signed a release — would be shown at the RNC, the GOP’s election-cycle crowning event.

Still, she told ABC News she wasn’t upset.

“It is my honor to be given my citizenship by a president of the United States,” she said.


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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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