World Refugee Day 2024


June 8, 2024 11:00am - 2:30pm

Join the Austin Refugee Roundtable and the Bullock Museum to honor new American citizens!

Event Details

Established by the United Nations in 2000 and first celebrated on June 20, 2001, World Refugee Day raises awareness of the plight of refugees throughout the world. The Austin celebration, sponsored by the Bullock Museum and member organizations of the Austin Refugee Roundtable, celebrates new American citizens and recognizes the courage and resilience of refugee families and individuals.

The commemoration begins with a naturalization ceremony in the Texas Spirit Theater, where refugees will be sworn in and become American citizens. The public is invited to view the ceremony, but seating is limited. Following the ceremony a celebratory reception will commence in the Grand Lobby. We invite the public to join us for free samples of world cuisine, live music, and activities for families with kids of all ages!

If you'd like to learn more about refugee stories, start with this list, specially curated by Austin Public Library.

Schedule of Events:

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Discover what the journey of a refugee is like, from home country to the United States, through a learning game sponsored by Austin Refugee Roundtable.
  • Make a family-friendly craft with Austin Public Library and learn more about some of the cultures represented.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Naturalization Ceremony

  • Watch a naturalization ceremony led by Federal Judge Robert Pitman. This is open to the public, however capacity is limited to the first 200 people.

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Sample global cuisine (while supplies last).
  • Experience live dance performances by Diversity Band and Nway Oo May: Ladies of Spring.
About Public Programs

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, live performances, and experiential activities visitors are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.