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50 Central MA Residents to Become US Citizens in Ceremony at Worcester Art Museum

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Fifty Central Massachusetts residents, who represent 23 countries, will become citizens of the United States during a ceremony at the Worcester Art Museum on Wednesday. 

The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. 

The 50 citizenship candidates originate from the following 23 countries Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

They also represent the following municipalities such as Acton, Auburn, Bedford, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Hudson, Leominster, Marlborough, Millbury, North Andover, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sudbury, Webster, Westborough, Westminster, and Worcester.

The Ceremony 

The ceremony will be presided over by the Honorable U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy,  U.S. District Court for the District of  Massachusetts.  The citizenship candidates will be presented by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), with Judge Hennessy administering the Oath of Allegiance to the newest American citizens.

Matthias Waschek, the C. Jean and Myles McDonough Director of the Worcester Art Museum, will welcome the new citizens and guests.  

Colors will be presented by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute ROTC and Veterans, Inc. 

Musical selections will be performed by singers from the Bancroft School, and usher services will be provided by the Nativity School of Worcester.

After the ceremony, the new citizens and their guests will be able to view the special museum exhibition Picket Fence to Picket Line: Visions of American Citizenship. 


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