San Francisco – In commemoration of Independence Day, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California proudly announces its participation in a momentous naturalization ceremony held on Friday, June 30, 2023, onboard the illustrious USS Hornet. Presided over by Judge James Donato, the event saw 76 applicants hailing from 32 diverse countries take the oath of allegiance and officially become citizens of the United States.

The USS Hornet, a storied aircraft carrier now transformed into a museum, provided a fitting backdrop for this extraordinary celebration of American citizenship. Having served in active duty during World War II through the Vietnam War, the ship’s historic significance added a profound sense of patriotism to the occasion.

The naturalization ceremony, held on the deck of the USS Hornet, unfolded under clear skies and amidst an atmosphere of hope and unity. Judge James Donato administered the oath with a solemnity that resonated with the applicants and attendees alike. It was a poignant reminder of the enduring ideals upon which the United States was founded.

The 76 applicants represented a remarkable tapestry of cultures and backgrounds, reflecting the diverse fabric of the Northern District of California. From every corner of the world, they had journeyed to this pivotal moment in pursuit of the American Dream, eagerly embracing the opportunities and responsibilities that come with their new citizenship.

The Northern District of California commends these new citizens for their perseverance, resilience, and commitment to upholding the principles upon which the nation stands. The naturalization ceremony on the USS Hornet served as a reminder of the sacrifices made by previous generations and the ongoing duty to preserve and protect the rights and freedoms cherished by all Americans.

The district extends its gratitude to Judge James Donato for his unwavering dedication in administering the oath, guiding these individuals through the naturalization process, and welcoming them into the American family. Additionally, the district expresses its heartfelt appreciation to the USS Hornet Museum for generously hosting this momentous occasion.

The Northern District of California looks forward to witnessing the contributions and achievements of these new citizens as they continue to shape and enrich the fabric of our society. The ceremony on the USS Hornet served as a powerful testament to the enduring spirit of liberty and the boundless possibilities that unfold when individuals from diverse backgrounds unite under the banner of freedom.

For more information about naturalization ceremonies and other events hosted by the Northern District of California, visit the district’s website at