On December 13, 2018, the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, Senior District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, naturalized 31 individuals as United States citizens. Loyola Law School Professor Isabel Medina provided the keynote address, in which she recounted her family's own naturalization story and encouraged the individuals to take advantage of their new-found citizenship. The colors were presented by the United States Marine Forces Reserve Color Guard, and a five-piece brass quintet of the United States Marine Forces Reserve Band played patriotic songs, including the National Anthem and God Bless America. The ceremony culminated with the individuals taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States and being given certificates of naturalization. The new citizens originated from over 15 different countries, emphasizing the truly diverse nature of the American citizenry.
View photos of the ceremony at www.laed.uscourts.gov/photos/naturalization-ceremony-december-13-2018.