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Center to host U.S. naturalization ceremony

3/17/2022 12AM

People from many nations raise their hands to take the U.S. Oath of Allegiance

Naturalization candidates take the Oath of Allegiance during a 2020 naturalization ceremony at the Palladium. The March 23 ceremony will involve 80 people from 33 nations. (photo by Rob Slaven/Indy Ghost Light)

Inspiring event March 23 will stream live on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo


CARMEL, Ind. – Approximately 80 Indiana residents from 33 nations around the world will receive their U.S. citizenship Wednesday, March 23, when the Center for the Performing Arts hosts its third naturalization ceremony at the Palladium.


For this stately but joyous and inspiring event, the concert hall will become a temporary venue of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, encompassing the southern two-thirds of the state. The presiding judge will administer the Oath of Allegiance to foreign-born individuals who have met all application criteria for citizenship, as identified by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


The 1 p.m. ceremony will include remarks from the judge and from Center President/CEO Jeffrey C. McDermott, as well as music from the Indiana Wind Symphony, one of the Center’s Resident Companies.


Although attendance is limited to family and friends, the Center will provide a free livestream on its Center’s Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo pages.


Becoming a U.S. citizen takes time and effort. In order to enjoy the rights and privileges of citizenship, among other criteria, applicants must:

  • Be lawful permanent residents (green card holders) at least 18 years of age;
  • Have resided in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least five years;
  • Be of good moral character;
  • Be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language;
  • Have knowledge of U.S. government and history and demonstrate attachment to the principles of the Constitution.