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

Year Up Charlotte Facebook 

  • The event will start promptly at 6:00 PM ET. We encourage you to open the Charlotte 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 Charlotte 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.
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Meet our Graduates

Click the icon above to view the graduate booklet!

Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program

Graduate Host Welcome
Kristen Watkins Gray, Year Up Intern at Wells Fargo

Graduate Keynote Welcome
Marquisha Moore, Year Up Intern at Wells Fargo

Presentation of Certificates
Cory Bennett, Associate Director of Alternative Direct Service Programs, Year Up Charlotte 
Christina Smith, Program Manager, Year Up Charlotte
Angelica Johnson, Program Manager, Year Up Charlotte

Keynote Address
Dr. Charles Mitchell, Presidential Fellow for Equity and Opportunity,
Central Piedmont Community College

Awards Presentation
Leran Johnson, Associate Director of Admissions and College Enrollment, Year Up Charlotte

Charles Dowdy, Associate Director of Internship Services, Year Up Charlotte

Kelly Lopez, Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Divine Justice, Year Up Intern at Wells Fargo

Alumni Oath 
Lizette Gomez, Year Up Graduate 2020, Business Control Specialist, Bank of America

Janice Lindsey, National Director of Alumni Relations, Year Up

Closing Remarks
Ariely Carreno, Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Keynote Speakers

Kristen Watkin-Gray
Year Up Intern at Wells Fargo

Marquisha Moore
Year Up Intern at Wells Fargo

Dr. Charles Mitchell
Presidential Fellow for Equity and Opportunity at Central Piedmont Community College

Site Director Letter

Congratulations to Year Up Charlotte Graduates!

It is such an honor to come together to celebrate your accomplishments. When you made the decision to join Year Up, you made a commitment to yourself. You knew that you had the drive and the talent. You knew that with a little coaching and an open door, you could prove yourself in a Corporate Internship.

Our time together full of feedback, classwork, presentations, and Zoom calls. You channeled this training and you showed up ready to learn and work on your internship. Your grit and determination is paying off—you are accepting employment in the area you studied, you are expanding your knowledge by continuing your education, and you are interviewing for careers that might have felt unobtainable a year ago.

On behalf of the Year Up Charlotte staff, I want to share how proud we are of you. We are honored to have walked alongside you. You listened to the guidance and advice and made it your own. We are beaming with pride.

Your time with Year Up is not over. You are now part of the 24,000-strong Year Up alumni community. It’s your turn to volunteer and be a guest speaker, it’s your turn to provide feedback to an intern to help them develop their professionalism, and it’s your turn to hire a future graduate. Lift while you climb!

Thank you to our partners, volunteers, supporters, families, and friends for your commitment to closing the Opportunity Divide and for having an unwavering belief in the potential of our students. Together, we are building a runway for many more people.

With great admiration,

Elise Ford
Site Director, Year Up Charlotte

Award Winners

Cornerstone Award
Mobile College
Manager Award
Mary Prabha Ng

Chief Information Security Officer

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.

National Sponsors

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