Quincy University freshman, Alsadiq Hasan, was sworn in as a U.S. Citizen on Friday, April 12, at the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse in St. Louis Mo.

Hasan was born in Bagdad, Iraq and lived there with his family until he was in first grade.  In 2007, his family applied to the U.N. for relocation out of the Middle East. While they waited for approval, the family fled war-torn Iraq and lived in Syria. They decided to return to Iraq in 2012 when ISIS moved into Syria.  Shortly after their return, they found out they were approved to relocate.  They arrived in the United States in 2013 and settled in St. Louis Mo.

For the past five years, Hassan and his family have learned the language, acclimated to the culture and established a new life. Hasan finished high school and started college this past fall, playing soccer for QU. Meanwhile, they have anxiously awaited the time they could apply for citizenship.

“I’ve been living here, going to school, playing soccer,” said Hasan “I want to be able to travel, vote and officially be part of this country.”

Hasan and his family applied for U.S. citizenship 90 days before their five-year anniversary.  Their application was approved, and they each took the 100 question citizenship test. Hasan, along with his parents received a passing grade and were assigned a ceremony date. Hasan and his mother have now both attended their ceremonies, and his father’s ceremony is this May.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University Office of Community Relations by calling (217) 228-5275.