Year Up Wilmington

Cohort 6

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Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program


Rayna Hopson
Year Up Wilmington, Class of 2020

Missy Black
Program Manager, Year Up Wilmington

John Galante
Managing Director of Financial Services, Year Up

Dr. Eileen Donnelly
VP of Enrollment Management, Wilmington University

Presentation of Awards 

Peter Lonie
Site Director, Year Up Wilmington

Lisa Graham
Internship Services Manager, Year Up Wilmington

Student Keynote Speaker

Ammanuel Falice, Class of 2020

Presentation of Graduation Certificates 

Colleen Bustin
Employment Placement Manager, Year Up Wilmington

Chad Cross
Employment Placement Manager, Year Up Wilmington


Presentation of Legacy Award 

Alyssa Bradley
Program Manager, Year Up Wilmington

Alumni Association Introduction 

Isaiah Mowbray
Year Up Alumnus, Class of 2019

Closing Remarks 

Missy Black
Program Manager, Year Up Wilmington


Corporate Partner Day 8

Student Speakers

Rayna Hopson

Class of 2020

Ammanuel Falice 

Class of 2020

Welcome to the Year Up Wilmington's Commencement Ceremony!

Congratulations Cohort 6!

One year ago, you were attending orientation, learning about Year Up, and embarking into the unknown. Today, you are graduates. You have built a village of supporters—peers, colleagues, professors, managers, mentors, and coaches—a long list of people that will be ever-present as you continue your quest to earn that degree, complete that certification, launch that career, and overcome any challenges that life may present.

You and your 41 classmates are graduating during an unprecedented time. You launched your Learning and Development phase full of hope and expectations, eager to begin a yearlong journey toward professional careers. You have each faced adversity and remained committed to changing your career trajectory. And when faced with the changing environments and the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Shelter-in-Place orders, civil unrest, and economic turmoil, you remained steadfast in your efforts.

Resilience exemplifies self-awareness, mindfulness, self-care, and purpose. In challenging times, you discovered ways to connect to each other and continue to pursue your goals in the virtual environment. You have certainly set the bar high for those to follow, and in doing so, have touched the hearts of everyone here at Year Up Wilmington. You have shown us that through hard work, eagerness, and a positive attitude, it’s possible to achieve anything we strive for in life.

We talk about Year Up as a one-year program, but it isn’t. This is a lifelong partnership. The resources, support, and connections do not end, and your role to lift others as you climb is just beginning. Cohort 6, you are here today because you remained focused, diligent, resourceful, and eager to learn. You are now part of a movement of thousands of alumni changing the corporate, social, and political landscape. I hope you never doubt the power you possess. You are meant to do great things in this world, and we all remain committed to your
success. Congratulations on this milestone, and the many more to come.

With great admiration,

Peter Lonie
Site Director, Year Up Wilmington

Award Winners

Corporate Partner
Clayton Beale

W.L. Gore

Empowerment Award
Dr. Eileen Donnelly
Jeff Martino

Wilmington University
Partnership Center

Legacy Award
Isaiah Mowbray

JPMorgan & Chase Co.

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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