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

View the Year Up Chicago Graduation Video Here

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

The Year Up Chicago Graduation Ceremony will be a virtual event streamed through Facebook on Chicago’s Facebook page below. 

Year Up Chicago Facebook 

  • The event will start promptly at 6:00 PM CT. We encourage you to open Chicago’s 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 Chicago’s Facebook page, you should receive a notification that we are streaming the event soon.
  • You are not required to have a Facebook account to watch the event, 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 Closed Captioning Guide here.

Meet our Graduates

View the Graduate Booklet by clicking the icon above.

Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program

Welcome Remarks
Deyanira Garcia, Year Up Intern at LinkedIn
Dalila Torres, Year Up Intern at E*TRADE
Ashley Morales, Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase
Aprill Hawkins, Site Director, Year Up Chicago

Keynote Address
Augustus Oakes, Chief Information Officer, ATI Physical Theraphy

Graduate Remarks
Paul DeAnda, Year Up Intern at Salesforce

Presentation of Certificates 
Year Up Chicago Staff

Call to Action
Alondra Pastrana, Year Up Intern at LinkedIn

Alumni Oath
Tyme Anderson, Year Up Graduate 2018, Technology Operations Analyst, Reed Smith LLP
Janice Lindsey, National Director of Alumni Relations, Year Up

Graduate Hosts

Dalila Torres
Year Up Intern at E*TRADE

Ashley Morales
Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase

Keynote Speaker

Augustus Oakes
Chief Information Officer, ATI Physical Therapy

Letter from the Site Director

Dear Year Up Chicago Graduates,

Congratulations on reaching this important milestone! I am immensely proud of your ingenuity, resilience and flexibility during these extraordinary times. I hope you all are also proud of yourselves and all of the hard work you’ve done.

The next chapter holds exciting new adventures and your Year Up family will be there to celebrate, empower, and support you along the way. Today as you join the ranks of more than 20,000 proud alumni, I urge you to stay connected by tapping into the alumni network and checking out the resources available to you at

As graduates of Year Up, you are poised to do incredible things and I can’t wait to see the change you create in the world.

Congratulations again!  

Aprill Hawkins
Site Director
Year Up Chicago

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 Supporting Sponsor
National Graduation Sponsors
Thank you to our National Community Partners

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