Year Up Greater Atlanta

Class of July 2020

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Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program


Sharonda Holmes, Site Director, Year Up Greater Atlanta

Congratulatory Remarks

Jeff Artis, National Director of Corporate Engagement, Year Up

Student Speaker

Ronald Antoine, Graduate, Year Up Greater Atlanta

Keynote Speaker

Ambassador Andrew Young, U.S. Diplomat, Politician, and Activist

Circle of Excellence

 Pamela Hill, Program Manager, Year Up Greater Atlanta

Student Speaker

 Caitlyn Sylvain, Graduate, Year Up Greater Atlanta

Elavon Acceptance

Jamie Walker, Elavon

Awards Ceremony

Robert Tubbs, Employment Placement Manager, Year Up Greater Atlanta

Your Life Matters

Year Up Greater Atlanta Alumni Association 

Acknowledgement of Graduates

Learning Community 1, M.O.V.E. | Troy Taylor

Learning Community 2, M.O.B.  | Tara Merriweather

Learning Community 3, 20/20 Vision | David Holyfield

Learning Community 4, ESPN | Ja’Tia Underwood

Learning Community 5, D.C. | Anna Green

Alumni Pledge

Demetriq Harris, Year Up Alumnus


Sharonda Holmes, Site Director, Year Up Greater Atlanta

Keynote Speaker

Ambassador Young

Ambassador Andrew Young
U.S. Diplomat, Politician, and Activist

Student Speakers

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Caitlyn Sylvain
Year Up Greater Atlanta
Class of July 2020

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Ronald Antoine
Year Up Greater Atlanta
Class of July 2020

Welcome to the Year Up Greater Atlanta Commencement Ceremony!

Dear July 2020 Graduates,

It is with great excitement that I write to you today. One of the best feelings I have in this organization is being able to say to you all: CONGRATULATIONS! Today marks the end of one journey and the beginning of another. On this day, we recognize and celebrate your many accomplishments achieved over this past year.

Nearly one year ago, you decided to embark upon this Year Up journey. You applied, interviewed, completed pre-work, and attended the numerous mandatory Admissions events. Following this, you were officially accepted into Year Up Greater Atlanta. This was no accident. It was by design that you joined the July 2020 cohort, and now you are officially graduates. In this endeavor, you all learned new skills during the Learning & Development phase. You smoothly transitioned into the Internship phase and made a lasting impact on our corporate partners’ teams. Then, when COVID-19 made an appearance in the Metro Atlanta area, this group effectively shifted to a virtual environment.

There is a level of dedication that you have demonstrated over the year that speaks volumes. You have attended Monday Morning Opener, Friday Feedback, Internship Seminar, and all the classes and events in between. You did this every week; demonstrating that you are indeed E.P.I.C. (empowered, professional, in-demand, career-ready). At this juncture, you have victoriously made it to graduation. We honor these accomplishments.

Year Up is a MOVEMENT. This movement is dedicated to closing the Opportunity Divide, and positively impacting the lives of young people across this country. Our goal is, and always has been, to provide a strong foundation for our scholars. I hope that each of you walk away from your Year Up experience feeling supported, and sure of yourselves. Sure that you are able to transform your lives, the lives of your families, and the communities in which we serve. You ARE the movement.

My wish for you each of you is that you boldly walk into the next phase of your adult lives. Set seemingly impossible goals—then execute with the assiduity that you’ve shown over the past year within Year Up. Class of July 2020, I am extremely proud of the resilience that you have shown to make it to this point. The time is now to blaze new trails. On your next journey, please remember to lift as you climb, while continuing to do the work to close the Opportunity Divide.


Holmes May 2016 Headshot

Sharonda Holmes
Site Director
Year Up Greater Atlanta

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.

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Thank you to our National Community Partners

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