Nine Iranian-Americans have been recognized in the 2018 Ellis Island Medals of Honor, which celebrate individuals who make outstanding contributions to their communities and promote the values of “tolerance, brotherhood, diversity and patriotism.”

The awards ceremony takes place on May 12, when eight of the nine Iranian-Americans — a journalist, an architect, educators and entrepreneurs among them — will join other accomplished fellow citizens the Ellis Island Honors Society has chosen to celebrate at part of this year's honors.

Each year, the society recognizes the contributions US citizens make to society and their communities, whether it’s through philanthropy and education, innovation and business, politics, the media, or the creative industries. 

The Iranian-Americans receiving the 2018 medals are: 

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