THANK YOU!

Thank you for attending Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth’s virtual graduation ceremony!

We hope you enjoyed celebrating this milestone moment with the graduates who made up our Class of Summer 2022 and their families! As we saw, our graduates delivered on Year Up’s mission to close the Opportunity Divide—the gap that exists between many young adults in our community and the economic mainstream.

Missed the event or want to re-watch it?

You can click here to view the recorded live stream on the Year Up Dallas/Fort Worth Facebook page. 

Para ver el guión de graduación traducido, presione aquí.

The Year Up Dallas/Fort Worth Graduation Ceremony will be a virtual event streamed through Facebook Premiere on the Dallas/Fort Worth Facebook page below. 

Year Up Dallas/Fort Worth Facebook 

  • The event will start promptly at 6:30 PM CST. We encourage you to open the Dallas/Fort Worth 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 Dallas/Fort Worth Facebook page, you will 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.

La ceremonia de graduación de Year Up Dallas/Fort Worth será un evento virtual transmitido a través de Facebook Premiere en la página de Facebook de Dallas/Fort Worth a continuación:

Página de Facebook Year Up Dallas/Fort Worth

  • El evento comenzará puntualmente a las 6:30 PM CST. Le recomendamos que abra la página de Facebook de Dallas/Fort Worth 5-10 minutos antes. El video aparecerá en nuestra página principal de Facebook y no necesitará un vínculo de acceso directo.
  • Si sigue la página de Facebook de Dallas/Fort Worth, debería recibir una notificación de que pronto estrenaremos el evento.
  • Si sigue la página de Facebook de Dallas/Fort Worth, debería recibir una notificación de que pronto estrenaremos el evento.
  • Para ver el guión de graduación traducido, presione aquí.

Meet our Graduates

Conosca a nuestros graduantes

Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program

Programa de Graduación

Graduate Speaker Welcome
Torrey Bell, Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase

Site Welcome
Adam Esmaeel, Site Director, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Keynote Speaker Introduction
Dr. Jasmine Collier, Senior Director of Institutional Giving, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Keynote Address
Dr. Justin Lonon, Chancellor, Dallas College

Presentation of Awards
Adam Esmaeel, Site Director, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Erricka Scott, Internship Services Specialist, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Jennifer Markle, Student Services Manager, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth 

Gerald Chertavian, CEO & Founder, Year Up

Lee Hobson, Managing Partner, Highside Capital Management

Porscheanni Johnson, Admissions Manager, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Graduate Speaker
Crystal Trinh, Year Up Intern at Salesforce

Presentation of Certificates
Denzil Davis, Program Manager, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Raquel Rodriguez, Program Manager, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Nidhi Khare, Associate Director of Programs, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Alumni Oath 
Shaleya Tucker, Year Up Graduate 2019, Alumni Engagement  Manager, Year Up – National

Ronda Thompson, Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Office & Founding National Director of Alumni Relations, Year Up

Closing Remarks
Karen Luna, Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Palabras de Bienvenida
Graduanda: Torrey Bell, Pasante de Year Up en JPMorgan Chase

Saludo del Sitio Local
Adam Esmaeel, Site Director, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Introducción Del Orador Principal
Dr. Jasmine Collier, Senior Director of Institutional Giving, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Presentadora Principal
Dr. Justin Lonon, Chancellor, Dallas College

Presentación de Condecoraciones
Adam Esmaeel, Site Director, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Erricka Scott, Internship Services Specialist, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Jennifer Markle, Student Services Manager, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth 

Gerald Chertavian, CEO & Founder, Year Up
Lee Hobson, Managing Partner, Highside Capital Management

Porscheanni Johnson, Admissions Manager, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Discurso de Graduante
Crystal Trinh, Pasante de Year Up en Salesforce

Presentación de Certificados
Nidhi Khare, Gerente de Programa,
Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Raquel Rodriguez, Gerente de Programa,
Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Denzil Davis, Gerente de Programa,
Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Juramentación de Ex-Alumnos
Shaleya Tucker, Year Up Graduate 2019, Alumni Engagement  Manager, Year Up – National

Ronda Thompson, Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Office & Founding National Director of

Clausura
Karen Luna, Pasante de Year Up en Bank of America

Keynote Speakers Presentadores Principales

Torrey Bell
 Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase

Crystal Trinh
 Year Up Intern at Salesforce

Dr. Justin Lonon
 Chancellor, Dallas College

Gerald Chertavian
CEO & Founder, Year Up

Welcome to the Year Up Dallas-Fort Worth’s Commencement Website!

We are honored to be recognizing the exceptional hard work of our Year Up DFW Class of 2022 graduates—Class of July 2022. It is our privilege to spotlight these young people’s talent and commitment over the last year as they walk across the virtual graduation stage and launch into their future careers.

The Year Up DFW team is proud to support the journey of each of our graduates. In July 2022, they began the Learning & Development process and undertook training, courses, and coaching designed to build their skills and confidence. Each of them put in the time and effort and proved that they were EPIC (Empowered • Professional • In-Demand • Career-Ready) and ready to embark on a new internship opportunity. Entering into a new and challenging environment is never easy. We are so proud of how these graduates rose to the challenge and want to recognize their dedication to their professional development. It takes courage to overcome personal and professional barriers, and these individuals exemplified true resilience and determination throughout their Year Up journey. They are a model of how personal accountability aligned with access to opportunity can be a catalyst for success. 

This journey would not be possible without the incredible support of all of you. A support system of family and friends is the necessary foundation for any person’s achievement of professional goals. Your sacrifices and compassion provided the reinforcement needed so that these interns could arrive at this special moment.

To the donors and corporate and community partners who have been instrumental in creating opportunities and resources for our young people, we thank you. We are grateful for your time and commitment to closing the opportunity divide. We also want to recognize our colleagues at Dallas College, especially El Centro campus, for the academic instruction and guidance of Year Up students throughout their time in the program. 

Lastly, we want to thank all the coaches, volunteers, and Year Up staff members who walked alongside the students during their year Up journey. Your efforts have been fundamental to this program, and the students graduating today are a testament to your commitment. We are so proud of Year Up DFW Class of Summer 2022! 

Graduates, congratulations on this incredible accomplishment.

Adam Esmaeel, Year Up DFW Site Director 

¡Bienvenido al sitio web de graduación de Year Up Dallas-Fort Worth!

Nos sentimos honrados de reconocer el arduo trabajo excepcional de nuestros graduados de el verano 2022 de Year Up DFW, clase de Julio de 2022. Es un privilegio para nosotros destacar el talento y el compromiso de estos jóvenes durante el último año mientras cruzan el escenario de graduación virtual y lanzan en sus futuras carreras.

El equipo de Year Up DFW se enorgullece de apoyar el viaje de cada uno de nuestros graduados. En Julio de 2022, comenzaron el proceso de aprendizaje y desarrollo y realizaron capacitaciones, cursos y entrenamiento diseñados para desarrollar sus habilidades y confianza. Cada uno de ellos dedicó tiempo y esfuerzo y demostró que eran ÉPICOS (Empoderados • Profesionales • En demanda • Listos para una carrera) y listos para embarcarse en una nueva oportunidad de pasantía. Entrar en un entorno nuevo y desafiante nunca es fácil. Estamos muy orgullosos de cómo estos graduados aceptaron el desafío y queremos reconocer su dedicación a su desarrollo profesional. Se necesita coraje para superar las barreras personales y profesionales, y estas personas ejemplificaron la verdadera resiliencia y determinación a lo largo de su viaje de Year Up. Son un modelo de cómo la responsabilidad personal alineada con el acceso a oportunidades puede ser un catalizador para el éxito.

Este viaje no sería posible sin el increíble apoyo de todos ustedes. Un sistema de apoyo de familiares y amigos es la base necesaria para el logro de las metas profesionales de cualquier persona. Sus sacrificios y compasión brindaron el refuerzo necesario para que estos internos pudieran llegar a este momento tan especial.

A los donantes y socios corporativos y comunitarios que han sido fundamentales en la creación de oportunidades y recursos para nuestros jóvenes, les agradecemos. Estamos agradecidos por su tiempo y compromiso para cerrar la brecha de oportunidades. También queremos reconocer a nuestros colegas en Dallas College, especialmente en el campus de El Centro, por la instrucción académica y la orientación de los estudiantes de Year Up a lo largo de su tiempo en el programa.

Por último, queremos agradecer a todos los entrenadores, voluntarios y miembros del personal de Year Up que caminaron junto a los estudiantes durante su viaje de Year Up. Sus esfuerzos han sido fundamentales para este programa y los estudiantes que se gradúan hoy son un testimonio de su compromiso. ¡Estamos muy orgullosos de Year Up DFW el verano 2022!

Graduados, felicitaciones por este increíble logro.

Adam Esmaeel, director del sitio Year Up DFW

 
Adam Esmaeel
Site Director, Dallas/Fort Worth
Directora Local, Dallas/Fort Worth

Award Winners

Cornerstone Award
Lee Hobson
Managing Partner, Highside Capital Management

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 Graduation Sponsors

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