Thank you for joining the virtual Year Up Greater Boston Graduation Ceremony!

View the Year Up Greater Boston Graduation video, here.

Thank You to our College Partners

Graduation Program

Graduate Host Welcome
Khalil Walker-Eldridge, Year Up Intern at Mimecast

Site Directors’ Welcome
Tyra Anderson-Montina, Site Director,
Downtown Campus
Kira Coveney, Site Director, Roxbury Community College

Graduate Keynote Address
Zariah Boateng, Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Presentation of Awards
Kira Coveney, Site Director, Roxbury Community College
Tyra Anderson-Montina, Site Director,
Downtown Campus
Khalil Walker-Eldridge, Year Up Intern at Mimecast

Keynote Address
Andrea Campbell, Boston City Councilor, District 4

Presentation of Certificates
Jasmine Walthall-Drakes, Program Manager,
Learning Community Achieve
Charlene Williams, Program Manager,
Learning Community Aspire
Keylin Haye, Program Manager,
Learning Community Believe
Marissa Edwards, Program Manager,
Learning Community Empower
Christian Ver, Program Manager,
Learning Communities Engage and Strive

Alumni Oath
Shaleah Gilmer, Year Up Graduate 2016

Closing Remarks
Khalil Walker-Eldridge, Year Up Intern at Mimecast

Featured Speakers

Zariah Boateng
Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Andrea Campbell
Boston City Councilor, District 4

Khalil Walker-Eldridge
Year Up Intern at 
Mimecast

Letter from Site Directors

Welcome to the Year Up Greater Boston Commencement Ceremony!

Graduates, today we celebrate your massive accomplishment during a remarkable year.  When you joined Year Up we had never imagined a virtual program and certainly not virtual internships. Despite obstacles we are thrilled to be here today witnessing you, talented and motivated young adults, ready to graduate and launch plans to achieve your dreams. You’re joining a valuable network of Year Up alumni in Greater Boston and across the country. You have been exceptional ambassadors for the Year Up community during these unprecedented times and we could not be prouder.

Everyone at Year Up Greater Boston is thankful to have been a part of your journey. Your determination and resilience has certainly inspired each of us here tonight. All 110 of you started this experience full of hope and expectations, eager to embark on a yearlong journey towards professional careers. You have faced adversity and persevered through the changing virtual environments and impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, shelter-in-place orders, civil unrest, a nail-biting election and economic turmoil. We know that your journey towards a career and higher education doesn’t stop here, but let’s pause because today is a symbol of your dedication that should be celebrated!

You have learned and strengthened so many skills from this past year and now it’s time to apply your ability to work hard, be adaptable, network, work on a team and many others as you reach your career and educational aspirations. We encourage you to continue using these skills to give back and strengthen your community. Be reflective of this journey and be empowered to share your story with a friend that could use a ‘Year Up’ in their life and volunteer to do the same with future students. Always remember your story matters, your voice matters and you matter. This moment in time may mark a turning point as we see hope for lessening the impacts of the pandemic, optimism about the political landscape, and momentum in the Black Lives Matter movement. As many of you have, continue to activate your voice during this important time in history.

LC Strive, LC Empower, LC Engage, LC Believe, LC Aspire and LC Achieve, you have some inevitable obstacles ahead, yet we are confident you have the grit and skills to charge forward. There are countless corporate partners, funders, community partners, volunteers, staff members, friends and family who believe in this program, and believe in you. You have an entire network of people cheering you on and will continue to do so as a community.

On behalf of Year Up Greater Boston, congratulations to our persistent Class of Winter 2021!

Yours in service,

Tyra Anderson-Montina
Site Director, Greater Boston
Kira Coveney
Site Director, Roxbury Community College

Award Winners

Cornerstone Award
Maria DePina

Bank of America

Empowerment Award
Susanne M. Cameron

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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 Sponsors

The Bowdoin Group

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

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