Dr. Carpenter Becomes US Citizen

News Date : 01/13/2017

Saint Thomas Academy’s Live Civics Lesson: Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, Jan. 13
Social studies teacher and 15 others will become U.S. citizens during morning formation


Saint Thomas Academy Social Studies Instructor Dr. Bernard Carpenter and approximately 15 others will provide a live civics lesson to Academy students during the all-school morning formation as they witness the individuals’ naturalization ceremony. The choir will sing the national anthem and “This Land is Your Land,” and then the Hon. Steven J. Rau, magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court, will give a short speech. Following the oath of allegiance, Rau will call the individuals forward to receive their certificates of naturalization.

WHEN:            Friday, Jan. 13 – 9 a.m.

WHO:              Dr. Bernard Carpenter, Saint Thomas Academy social studies instructor

                        15 additional people becoming naturalized citizens

                        Saint Thomas Academy cadets, faculty and staff

                        The Hon. Steven J. Rau, magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court

WHERE:         Saint Thomas Academy

                        949 Mendota Heights Road

                        Mendota Heights, Minn.


A British citizen, Carpenter has lived about half his life in the United States and yet the busyness of life and loyalty to his mother country kept him from completing the naturalization process until now. He came to Minnesota in 1983 with his wife, who grew up in South Minneapolis.

Carpenter is in his second full year of teaching at Saint Thomas Academy. He previously taught at Providence Academy in Plymouth for 10 years. He received a Ph.D. in modern European history from Boston College, where he also taught a variety of history survey courses and upper level classes for history majors. During his 25-year teaching career, he has also worked as a private tutor and taught at several public and private universities and colleges, including Wheaton College, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.

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