Year Up Tampa Bay

Class of Summer 2020

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Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program


Morris Applewhite
Managing Director, Year Up National

Corporate & Community Partner Awards

Wanda Hord
Internship Services Manager, Year Up Tampa Bay

Keynote Address

Deonte Echols
Consumer Banking Market Leader, Bank of America

Student Awards

Walter Joseph
Employment Placement Manager, Year Up Tampa Bay

Student Speakers

Za’keeya Battle, Class of Summer 2020

Alumni Pledge

Stiven Tumanyan, Year Up Alumnus

TB Candid

Student Speaker

Za’keeya Battle
Class of 2020

Welcome to the Year Up Tampa Bay Commencement Ceremony!

Dear Graduates,

Congratulations! Our Year Up Tampa Bay team could not be more excited or proud of this accomplishment. We have witnessed your growth through our program and have never been more enthusiastic about the future—all thanks to your hard work and determination. 

In the span of a single year, you have mastered new skills, stepped boldly into corporate environments, and made yourselves valuable to our corporate partners, some of America’s top companies. That takes a tremendous amount of grit and strength of character. In knowing the obstacles that many of you have overcome along the way—persisting despite difficult circumstances—we have a far deeper appreciation for your incredible potential and ability. It is this talent, skill, bravery, and creativity that fuels our own optimism, not only for your future but for the future of our community and world. 

Continue to have high expectations of yourself. You all are on a life-long journey of learning and growth; of doing your utmost every day. Continue to lift others as you climb and pave the way for others as we work together to close the Opportunity Divide. 

On behalf of the entire Year Up Tampa Bay staff, we wish you the very best. It has been an honor to work with each of you. We’re cheering for you every step of the way!

– Year Up Tampa Bay Staff

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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