International Fair

Annual international Fair brings together culture, learning at soc

Anyone strolling up to Metropolitan Community College’s South Omaha Campus on Thursday afternoon was in for a cultural treat.
MCC’s annual International Fair was an all-day event on Thursday at SOC, with most activities in the connector building and ITC.
The day, as in year’s past, started with a swearing-in ceremony for people becoming United States citizens. Men and women from Mexico, Guatemala, the Netherlands, South Sudan and more took an oath to become official U.S. citizens.
“There was a theme of unity throughout the day starting with the USCIS Naturalization ceremony,” said Barbara Velzquez, coordinator of intercultural activities at MCC. “Comments by the judge were unifying to the new citizens, showing the welcome the US has historically had for immigrants.”
Following the ceremony, the connector building was filled with people, activities and performers representing cultures from all over the globe.
“Throughout the day in the connector commons there was lively stage entertainment that honored and respected cultures from around the world,” Velazquez said.
Students, teachers and other visitors stopped in to check out the fair, with steady attendance throughout the day. Some teachers had their classes attend the fair and complete assignments relating to it.
“The caliber of artistry was very high mixed in with the opportunity for MCC students to get onstage in the fashion show and to feel the honor of their flag being flown throughout the connector building. It’s a special day to wear traditional dress and to talk to people that have similar interest.”