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 Winter 2021 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 livestream at the Year Up Dallas/Fort Worth Facebook page. 

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 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.
Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program

Graduate Speaker Welcome
Grace Miller, Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Site Welcome
Isaiah Ross, Associate Director of Internship Services,
Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Keynote Address
Chief Liz Cedillo-Pereira, Chief of Equity and Inclusion,
City of Dallas

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

Phil Ward, Program Manager, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth 

Guaravkumar Avichal, Year Up Intern at Amazon

Rose Chivers, Site Director, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Graduate Speaker
Thaddeus Davis, Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Presentation of Certificates
Rose Chivers, Site Director, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Phil Ward, Program Manager, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

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

Damonte Jackson, Program Manager, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

Alumni Oath 
Shaleya Tucker, Year Up Graduate 2019
Recruitment Specialist, Year Up Dallas/Ft. Worth

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

Closing Remarks
Grace Miller, Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Keynote Speakers

Grace Miller
Year Up Intern at
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Chief Liz Cedillo-Pereira
Chief of Equity & Inclusion, City of Dallas

Thaddeus Davis
Year Up Intern at
Bank of America

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

We are honored to be recognizing the incredible hard work of our Year Up DFW Class of Summer 2021. It is our true privilege to spotlight the talent and commitment that these young people have displayed over the last year of their lives, as they walk across the virtual graduation stage and launch into their careers.

The Year Up DFW team is so proud to have witnessed the journey of each of our graduates. In Summer 2020, they started their Learning and Development phase of the program in person, eager to get to their internship sites. They put in the time and effort and proved that they were EPIC (Empowered • Professional • In-Demand • Career-Ready) and ready to embark on this new internship opportunity. We are so proud of how these graduates rose to the challenge and want to recognize their dedication to their professional development and the belief that nothing can get in the way of their dreams. With the pandemic on their backs and opportunity at their fingertips, It is critical that we lift up these incredible graduates and acknowledge they are the brain force and now workforce that will effectuate the change that we need in this world.

This journey would not be possible without the incredible support of all of you. We are so grateful to the family and friends who pushed the interns to keep going when it got tough, to help be their human alarm clock and to remind them of their worth and their talent.

To the donors, and corporate and community partners who have been instrumental in creating opportunity and resources for our young people, we thank you. We are grateful for your time and commitment to close 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 not gone unnoticed and the students graduating today are a testament to your commitment. We are so proud of Year Up DFW Class of Summer 2021!

Graduates, congratulations on this incredible accomplishment.

Rose Chivers
Site Director, Dallas/Fort Worth

Award Winners

Cornerstone Award
Olivia Kerr - College Staff Award
Michael Bisceglia

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 National Sponsors
Thank you to our National Community Partners

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