The Year Up Arizona Graduation Ceremony will be a virtual event streamed through Facebook Premiere on the Arizona Facebook page below. 

Year Up Arizona Facebook 

  • The event will start promptly at 5:30 PM PT. We encourage you to open the Arizona Facebook page 5-10 minutes early. The video will appear on our main Facebook page and you will not need a direct access link.
  • If you follow the Arizona Facebook page, you should receive a notification that we are premiering the event soon.
  • You are not required to have a Facebook account to watch the premiere, though you do need to be signed into an account to set a reminder and post comments or reactions.
Thank You to our College Partners

Graduation Program


Graduate Welcome
Luz Janet Bravo Valentin, Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Year Up Welcome
Jennifer McChristian, Site Director

Keynote Address
Michelle Faustin, Year Up Intern at American Express

Award Presentations
Pedro Huerta, Program Manager
Liz Blush, Learning Coach 
Nick Irigoyen, Internship Services Manager
Shanesha Brooks, Student Services Specialist
Eliezer Chavez, Year Up Intern at Nationwide
Alicia Hernandez Vasquez, Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Certificate Presentations
Corey Lewis, Program Manager
Gabriela Gonzalez, Program Manager

Melissa Leasher, Program Manager

Alumni Oath
Maximiliano Pinon, Year Up Graduate 2021, UX Researcher, American Express

Closing Remarks
Kimberly Allen, Site Director

Graduate Speakers

Luz Janet Bravo Valentin
Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Michelle Faustin
Year Up Intern at American Express

Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Year Up Arizona Commencement Ceremony! 

Today we celebrate our sixth year of closing the Opportunity Divide for hundreds of young adults in Arizona. It is a privilege to witness these talented and motivated young adults graduate from their Year Up journeyready to launch their careers and achieve their dreams. Year Up Arizona is honored to have been a part of their journey and see their drive, energy, and commitment to reaching their full potential.   

This cohort of students has done something that no other Year Up graduating class has done. They are the first to begin and end their Year Up journey, 100% virtual. They launched their Learning and Development phase full of hope and expectations, eager to embark on a yearlong journey towards their professional careers. Each young adult has faced adversity and remained steadfast on changing their career trajectory. Their Year Up journey provided them the space to continue to demonstrate how their resilience would lead to success. Our young adults persevered through the changing environments and impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, shelter-in-place orders, state mandated curfews, civil unrest, and economic turmoil. Through it all, they have demonstrated perseverance and remained steadfast to the end.   

Our young adults trusted the vision of Year Up and our founder, Gerald Chertavian, to embark on a path that allowed them to show the world their agility to adapt in their internships, which, for many, existed in a virtual and work-from-home environmentand shaped the culture for future cohorts at Year Up Arizona. Congratulations, Class of Summer 2021You are LC CEO 2021, LC Nova and LC Fire. You have achieved a major milestone with many more to come.  

This journey wouldn’t be possible without the support of those in the audience who believe, as we do, that talent is equally distributed in this country, while opportunity is not. You recognize that the Opportunity Divide will only be exacerbated by our current economic state and stand firm in your commitment to ensuring that the young adults of Arizona have the training and access to professional careers.   

Thank you to our corporate partners, funders, community partners, volunteers, family and friends who  believe in this program and believe in you. As a community we are committed to helping the more than 145,000 young adults in Arizona who deserve the chance to realize their fullest potential in education and careers. Without supporters such as yourself, Year Up Arizona would not be possible. 

On behalf of all of us at Year Up Arizona, congratulations to our graduates! 

Sincerely, 

Kimberly Allen                                                                 Jennifer McChristian
Site Director                                                                    Site Director 

Kimberly Allen

Site Director, Central City Campus

Jennifer McChristian

Site Director, East Valley Campus

Alumni Oath

I PLEDGE that as a member of the Year Up National Alumni Association, I will continue to uphold and promote Year Up’s mission and core values. I will strive for excellence and realize my potential. I will use my time and talents to contribute to the success of Year Up, its students, and its alumni. I will take action in the movement to close the Opportunity Divide. I take this oath freely, as a promise to lift while I climb, and to be a lifelong ambassador of Year Up.

Thank You to our Local Sponsor

Heidi Jannenga Foundation

Thank You to our National Sponsors
Thank you to our National Community Partners

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