Year Up Baltimore

Cohort 18

Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program


Dymond Richardson, LC Impact, Class of 2020

Duane Reid, Site Director, Year Up Baltimore

Tyquan Henson, LC Legacy, Class of 2020

Keynote Address

Wes Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Robin Hood

Presentation of Partner Awards

Syed Naqvi, LC Legacy, Class of 2020

Graduate Speaker

Mayra Espinoza, LC Legacy, Class of 2020

Presentation of Student Awards

Dr. Denise Holland, Professor, Baltimore City Community College

John Carberry, Internship Services Manager, Year Up Baltimore

Gina Abate, President and CEO, Edwards Performance Solutions

Alumni Pledge

Briana Clemons
Year Up Baltimore Class of 2017
Vice President, Year Up Baltimore Alumni Board

Closing Graduate Speaker

Kevin Jennings, LC Destiny, Class of 2020

Edwards Ad

Student Speakers

Dymond Richardson
LC Impact
Class of 2020


LC Legacy
Class of 2020


LC Destiny
Class of 2020

Welcome to the Year Up Baltimore Commencement Ceremony!

Cohort 18,

Congratulations on successfully completing your learning and development phase, and your internship! I commend you for taking this year to build the foundation that will launch your professional career. 

A year ago, you were sitting in a circle learning what this thing called Year Up was all about, and throughout this year you began to trust the process and experience the high support and high expectations of the Year Up movement. A movement in which you are an active part. A movement that will close the opportunity divide for generations to come.  

Once you graduate today, you become an even more permanent part of the movement as a Year Up Baltimore alum. The resources, support, and connections do not end; and your challenge to lift as you climb is just beginning. Take a look around you. I hope you find an even longer list of supporters now than at the start of your Year Up journey. Supporters committed to your continued journey and success. Stay connected.

We thank Baltimore City Community College, our corporate partners, community partners, board members, mentors, volunteers, donors, and the Year Up Baltimore team for preparing the runway for your cohort to take off and soar.

From everyone across the Year Up network, congratulations Cohort 18 on this milestone, and the many more to come. I hope you never doubt the power you possess. There is no question in my mind that you are meant to do great things in this world!

With great admiration,

Duane Reid
Site Director, Year Up Baltimore

Award Winners

Cornerstone Award
Sabina Kelly

Greater Maryland Market President, Bank of America

Empowerment Award
Calvin Butler Jr.

Senior Executive Vice President, Exelon Utilities

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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