Contra Costa County celebrates its first-ever Naturalization Ceremony

Contra Costa County celebrates its first-ever Naturalization Ceremony

Contra Costa County celebrates its first-ever Naturalization Ceremony
Osazee Idahosa shakes hands with county supervisor Ken Carlson during the historic event. Contra Costa’s first-ever naturalization ceremony took place on on March 18, 2024. (Photos courtesy Contra Costa County)

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Mar. 30, 2024) — The county marked a momentous occasion in March. Thirty-one individuals from 17 different nations took a significant step toward embracing their new identities as citizens of the United States.

District IV Supervisor Ken Carlson hosted the first of such events in the county. The event came together in conjunction with United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).

Watch the historic ceremony here:
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The heartfelt ceremony was held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers. There, the community came together to celebrate the culmination of a journey marked by determination, perseverance, and the pursuit of the American dream. Family and friends gathered to witness their loved ones take the Oath of Allegiance. The new immigrants pledged their loyalty and allegiance to their adopted homeland.

Powerful reminder

Contra Costa County celebrates its first-ever Naturalization Ceremony“The ceremony serves as a powerful reminder of the rich tapestry of cultures that enrich the fabric of our society and the enduring promise of America – a land of opportunity where individuals from all walks of life can come together to build a brighter future,” Supervisor Carlson said.

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier joined the event as a special guest and provided remarks at the ceremony.

“This event underscores the principles of democracy, equality, and opportunity that define us. Their diversity strengthens our country and symbolizes the inclusive spirit that has long been a hallmark of our nation,” said Board Chair Federal Glover, District 5 Supervisor.

After the ceremony, the newly sworn-in U.S. citizens had the opportunity to register to vote, and fill out passport applications.  They also got to learn more about County resources available.

Want to learn more about the citizenship process? Please visit For more information about Contra Costa County and its Board of Supervisors, visit the County’s website  or the the Board of Supervisor’s webpage.