Naturalization Ceremony

Naturalization Ceremony to Celebrate Christmas Day

Christmas Day is celebrated every year on December 25 and is observed as both a religious and worldwide cultural holiday. Many cultural customs include decorating a Christmas tree, attending church services and having a Christmas meal with family and friends. While Christmas Day has been traditionally celebrated for over two millennia from all over the world, it became an official federal holiday in the United States in 1870.

Fifty-four New Citizens Naturalized

The ceremony, which took place in the courtroom of Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, occured on Monday, July 3, 2017.  Captain Hans E. Sholley, Commanding Officer, Navy Base Guam was the keynote speaker for the event, and Ms. Kristine Young was the guest singer.  The new citiizens hail from the Republic of Guatemala, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and the Republic of the Philippines.