Naturalization Ceremonies

What is Naturalization?

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a lawful permanent resident after meeting the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Federal courts conduct citizenship ceremonies, which are open to the public and may be attended by hundreds and sometimes thousands of people. These important civic events, conducted in courtrooms and at sites in the community, present an educational opportunity for promoting public understanding of the federal courts.

Schools may want to approach their local federal court to ask if they can volunteer as part of a service-learning project. Options for students range from simply observing to taking an active part in the event.

Students in grades 9 through 12 can participate in the annual Federal Judges Association Civics Challenge, an opportunity to take the Civics test given to those seeking U.S. citizenship. Interested teachers may learn more by visiting this link: Federal Judges Association Civics Challenge

Note: Please call the relevant Clerk's Office to confirm the date, time, location, and viewing options before attending a ceremony in person.

District of Maryland

Eastern District of North Carolina

Middle District of North Carolina

  • Greensboro Ceremony Dates:
    • February 23, 2024, at 11:00 am
    • May 24, 2024, at 11:00 am
    • August 23, 2024, at 11:00 am
    • November 22, 2024, at 11:00 am

Western District of North Carolina

  • Asheville Ceremony Dates:
    • May 10, 2024, at 11:00am – Judge Carleton Metcalf
    • September 20, 2024, at 11:00am – Chief Judge Martin Reidinger
  • Charlotte Ceremony Dates:
    • February 16, 2024, at 11:00am – Judge Laura Beyer
    • March 15, 2024, at 11:00am – Judge Laura Beyer
    • April 19, 2024, at 11:00am - Judge David Keesler
    • July 19, 2024, at 11:00am – Judge Carleton Metcalf
    • November 22, 2024, at 11:00am – Chief Judge Albert Diaz