The US Naturalization Ceremony

Welcoming New Voters:  A League Tradition

A United States naturalization ceremony, also commonly referred to as a citizenship ceremony, represents the final step in the process of becoming a naturalized, United States citizen. Citizenship ceremonies vary depending upon factors such as location and sponsorships. Guest speakers may include representatives from local immigrant organizations, city and state officials, or individuals who are about to be sworn in as new citizens. Depending upon spatial allowances, members of the general public are invited to attend the ceremony. Attendees are usually given “new citizen” packets, which include literature regarding citizenship responsibilities, a copy of the US Constitution, voter registration notification and a miniature American flag.

Overall, citizenship ceremonies serve to:

  • Welcome new citizens to the United States
  • Provide an introduction to the US justice system
  • Provide information regarding the naturalization process and the importance of citizenship
  • Offer a forum for celebration for new citizens


Click Here for Citizenship Information from the U.S. Federal District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Office.

LWV Loves New Voters

In previous Naturalization Ceremonies, Uncle Sam, enacted by LWV member, Gerry Kuklewicz, including wearing the full Uncle Sam regalia, helped to create an inspiring atmosphere. More than 40 new citizens were registered to vote for the first time in a US election. New voters also received stickers to wear proclaiming "I VOTE." Our League is proud to offer voter education and registration at these ceremonies.

Any time the Court holds the Naturalization Ceremonies in the Tyler, or surrounding Smith County, area, we will continue to provide our volunteer services. If you are interested in supporting this activity, please contact the VP-Voter Services at













Gerry Kuklewicz, AKA Uncle Sam, and Representative of Sons of the American Revolution 

Next Ceremony


What Is the League’s Role?

  • Provide literature from the League and the Secretary of State of Texas to assist them in becoming informed voting citizens.
  • Introduced by the presiding judge and offer a brief speech to motivate the new citizens to become new voters.
  • Available to help the new citizens register to vote or complete a change of address.
  • League certified volunteer deputy registrars for Smith County

These ceremonies never fail to be inspiring and they afford an invaluable opportunity for recognition and public awareness for the League.

To volunteer at the next ceremony, contact VP-Voter Service.

LWV Naturalization Team: Ed and Shirley Hightower, 
Gerry Kuklewicz, Andie Rathbone, and Polly Kuklewicz

Contact Us

LWV-Tyler/Smith County

PO Box 6271 

Tyler Texas 75711