Student celebrates citizenship, is featured in NY Times

Photo courtesy of Lauren Camac '10

Photo courtesy of Lauren Camac '10

Student pictured hugging President Bush

SALEM, Va. -Roanoke College junior Vesna Zeljkovic became a U.S. citizen on the 4th of July-and she did it in a big way.

She took the oath of citizenship at the annual Independence Day ceremony at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. And there, addressing the honorees, was President Bush, who hugged Zeljkovic after she became a citizen. A photo of that hug ran in The New York Times as well as other major news media.

Zeljkovic, an international relations major, is from Bosnia-Herzegovina and has been in the United States for eight years. Six of her Delta Gamma sorority sisters from Roanoke College accompanied her and her family to the big event on the fourth.

See the New York Times story.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: July 7, 2008
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
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