Thank you for joining the virtual Year Up Arizona graduation ceremony!

View the Year Up Arizona Graduation Video Here

Follow along with the Spanish translated script here or with our Closed Captioning guide here.

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.

Follow along with the Spanish Translated Script here or with  our Closed Captioning guide here.

Meet our Graduates

View the Graduate Booklet by clicking the icon above.

Thank You to our College Partners

Graduation Program

Graduate Welcome
Zulma Ontiveros, Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Year Up Welcome
Yvonnda Shelton, Interim Site Director

Keynote Address
Alejandra Galvan Lima, Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Award Presentations
Pedro Huerta, Program Manager
Karen Chancellor, Employment Placement Manager
Corey Lewis, Program Manager
Emily James, Student Services Manager, 3×6
Nathan Russell, Year Up Intern at Charles Schwab
Mukhtar Abdulqader, Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase

Certificate Presentations
Corey Lewis, Program Manager
Pedro Huerta, Program Manager
Dez Burgess, Recruitment Specialist

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

Closing Remarks
Kari Yunt, Associate Director of Program

Graduate Speakers

Zulma Ontiveros
Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Alejandra Galvan Lima
Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Year Up Arizona Commencement Ceremony!

Today, we celebrate seven successful years of closing the Opportunity Divide for hundreds of young adults in Arizona. It is an absolute privilege to witness these talented and motivated young adults graduate from their Year Up journey, ready to launch their careers and achieve their dreams. Their drive, energy, and commitment to reaching their full potential has certainly inspired our Year Up Arizona team.

Year Up Arizona is honored to have been a part of our students lives during this unprecedented time. Students entered the Learning and Development phase full of hope and expectations, eager to embark on a journey towards their professional careers. Our young adults persevered through personal challenges, as well as the changing environments brought on by the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, civil unrest, and economic turmoil.

Our young adults have successfully navigated the complex journey to build the skills necessary to launch their careers as they trusted the vision of Year Up and our founder, Gerald Chertavian. They have leveraged their learning and demonstrated adaptability in their internships, which, for many, existed in a virtual, work-from-home, and hybrid environment. Their grit, energy, and willingness to reach their potential have shaped the culture and defined the expectations for future cohorts at Year Up Arizona.

Congratulations, Class of July 2022-Class 5 at Southern New Hampshire University East Valley and Class 14 at Gateway Community College Central City. You have achieved a major milestone; one of many more that will surely come in your life.

This journey is possible because of the encouragement and unwavering support of family and friends in helping these young adults reach their personal and professional goals. Additionally, we thank our corporate partners, funders, community partners, volunteers, who have come to believe in this program and our mission to close the Opportunity Divide. 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 and we appreciate your ongoing support of Year Up Arizona.

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



Yvonnda Shelton
Interim Site Director                                                                                

Yvonnda Shelton

Interim Site Director, Year Up Arizona

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
National Graduation Sponsors
Thank you to our National Community Partners

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