(WBIR, Knoxville) - More than 150 people were granted American citizenship Friday at a naturalization ceremony in Knoxville.
161 people along with their family and friends filled the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building for the ceremony.
The U.S. District Court granted them citizenship after a six month long process that included testing, an interview and a waiting period.
"They really are sincere and when you give them a test and you see the expression on their face after they passed it, it means a lot to them. I've had people actually cry before when I gave interviews because it was like 'thank you, thank you, thank you.' And I say 'no you did it,'" said Ella Ward with Immigration Services.
Friday's oath ceremony included people from across Tennessee.