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Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program

Graduate Speaker Welcome
Oyindamola Inegbese, Year Up Intern at Exelon Corporation

Founder & CEO Welcome
Gerald Chertavian, Founder & CEO, Year Up

Virtual Procession
Class of Winter 2021

Special Video from the Graduates

Keynote Address
Diamond Williams, Year Up Intern at Bank of America
Duane Reid, Site Director, Year Up Baltimore

Awards Presentation
John Carberry, Internship Services Manager, Year Up Baltimore
Gloria Chance, Program Manager, Year Up Baltimore

Graduate Box Opening Announcement
Duane Reid, Site Director, Year Up Baltimore

Alumni Oath
Walter Reaves, Year Up Graduate 2012

Closing Remarks
Bryce Prestbury, Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Graduate Speakers

Oyindamola Inegbese
Year Up Intern
           Exelon Corporation            Class of Winter 2021

Bryce Prestbury
Year Up Intern
          Bank of America               Class of Winter 2021


Letter from the Site Director

Class of Winter 2021 Graduates,

Congratulations on successfully completing your learning and development phase, and your internship! I commend you for using this year to build the foundation that will launch your professional career.


A year ago, you were sitting in a circle learning what this thing called Year Up was all about, and throughout this year you began to trust the process and experience the high support and high expectations of the Year Up movement. A movement in which you are an active part. A movement that will close the opportunity divide for generations to come.   


Once you graduate today, you become an even more permanent part of the movement as a Year Up Baltimore alum. The resources, support, and connections do not end; and your challenge to lift as you climb is just beginning. Take a look around you. I hope you find an even longer list of supporters now than at the start of your Year Up journey. Supporters committed to your continued journey and success. Stay connected. 


We thank Baltimore City Community College, our corporate partners, community partners, board members, mentors, volunteers, donors, and the Year Up Baltimore team for preparing the runway for your cohort to take off and soar. 


Today is not the end of the journey, today marks the completion of the first major step on your career journey. From everyone across the Year Up network, congratulations Class of Winter 2021 Graduates on this milestone, and the many more to come. I hope you never doubt the power you possess. There is no question in my mind that you are meant to do great things in this world! 


With great admiration,


Duane Reid

Duane Reid
Site Director, Year Up Baltimore

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.

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