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July 4, 2017

M2 Yasaman Ataei celebrates Independence Day by becoming a U.S. citizen

Dean of Medicine Peter F. Buckley, M.D., with the Class of 2020’s Yasaman Ataei

Dean of Medicine Peter F. Buckley, M.D., with the Class of 2020’s Yasaman Ataei who became a U.S. citizen on July 4.

On July 4th, the Class of 2020’s Yasaman Ataei had a new reason to celebrate.

Along with others from 50 countries around the world, the rising second-year medical student took the oath of allegiance and became a U.S. citizen.

Ataei and her family immigrated from Iran in 2010. “There are great things that come with living in the United States, more personal freedom, freedom of speech,” Ataei told the local NBC affiliate.

Dean of Medicine Peter F. Buckley, M.D., who is of Irish descent and is also a U.S. citizen himself was on hand for the ceremony held at the Virginia Historical Society.

“What a beautiful way to celebrate America’s birthday by welcoming Yasaman and 78 others from across the world as they join this great nation,” Buckley said. “We are fortunate that Yasaman will be training with us.”

You can watch Ataei’s interview with WWBT NBC12.

By Erin Lucero