|MWCC Hosts Naturalization Ceremony
Community colleges are often referred to as "the Ellis Island" of American higher education, so it was only fitting that 207 Massachusetts immigrants from 53 different countries officially gained U.S. citizenship during a Naturalization Ceremony held at Mount Wachusett Community College on Feb. 6.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services selected MWCC as the setting as part of its ongoing initiative to bring ceremonies to local communities, as well to recognize the college's 50th anniversary, said Joseph S. Forte of the USCIS, a former Gardner resident and alumnus of MWCC.
The USCIS presented the candidates for naturalization to the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, before the Honorable Robert B. Collings, United States Magistrate Judge, who also administered the Oath of Allegiance to America's newest citizens. Read more.