The Immigrant Learning Center sponsored its first New Citizen Swearing-In Ceremony in Malden in 2011. The event has proven to be a huge success, naturalizing more than 800 citizens over the years. The 2020 Swearing-In Ceremony unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The most recent event was held at Malden High School on November 2019. Preceded by a color guard, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge Frank Bailey presided over the ceremony. Diane Portnoy, The ILC founder and CEO, welcomed the new citizens, and there were also remarks from Malden Mayor Gary Christenson. The ceremony opened with ILC teacher Jeantilus Gedeus leading attendees singing America the Beautiful.
Anyone interested in becoming a citizen should contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services