The Year Up Chicago Graduation Ceremony will be a virtual event streamed through Facebook on Chicago’s Facebook page below.
Talena Harris, Year Up Intern at Salesforce
Iyana Mason-Crawford, Year Up Intern at Motorola Solutions
Ellie McGaw, Site Director, Downtown Campus, Year Up Chicago
Aprill Hawkins, Site Director, Harold Washington College, Year Up Chicago
Brett J. Hart, President, United Airlines Holdings
Shutell Ramos, Year Up Intern at United Airlines Holdings
Presentation of Certificates
Year Up Chicago Staff
Karinah Zandate, Year Up Intern at Ferrara Candy Company
Call to Action
Whitney Morris, Year Up Intern at Bank of America
Precious Blackwell, Year Up Graduate 2015, Communications Lead, Year Up Chicago Alumni Association
Ronda Thompson, Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer
and Founding National Director of Alumni Relations, Year Up
Tajkeya Sultana, Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Year Up Intern at Motorola Solutions
Brett J. Hart
President, United Airlines Holdings
Letter from the Site Directors
Congratulations on reaching this important milestone! Despite a global pandemic, a contested election, and renewed calls for social justice—you persisted! We are immensely proud of your ingenuity, resilience and flexibility during these extraordinary times.
The next chapter holds exciting new adventures and your Year Up family will be there to collaborate, empower, and support you along the way. Today as you join the ranks of 20,000 proud alumni, we urge you to stay connected by tapping into the alumni network and checking out the resources available to you at yearupalumni.org.
As graduates of Year Up, you are poised to do incredible things and we can’t wait to see the change you create in the world.
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.