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The Year Up Greater Boston Graduation Ceremony will be a virtual event streamed through Facebook Premiere on the Greater Boston Facebook page below. 

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  • The event will start promptly at 5:30 PM ET. We encourage you to open the Greater Boston 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 Greater Boston Facebook page, you will 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.
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Meet our Graduates

View the Graduate Booklet by clicking the icon above.



Thank You to our College Partner

Dear Year Up Students,

Congratulations on your graduation! Your drive, energy and determination to succeed — to listen, learn, embrace challenges, step out of your comfort zone has made this day possible. In addition to the hard work over the past many months, we hope you also had some fun, established new friendships and gained valuable life skills. We’re incredibly proud of our partnership with Year Up and others in our community who share our passion for redefining work and education. You have our very best wishes for continued success as you pursue the next chapter in your careers, whether it’s at Vertex or beyond.
Reshma Kewalramani, M.D.
CEO and President, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Graduation Program

Graduate Host Welcome
Jenaliz Montanez,
Year Up Intern at Pegasystems

Site Directors’ Welcome
Tyra Anderson-Montina,
 Site Director,
Downtown Boston

Kira Coveney,
Site Director,
Roxbury Community College

Graduate Keynote Address
Alexis Santiago, 
Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase

Presentation of Awards
Kira Coveney,
Site Director,
Roxbury Community College

Tyra Anderson-Montina, 
Site Director,
Downtown Boston

Jenaliz Montanez,
Year Up Intern at Pegasystems

Keynote Speaker
Crystal Howard,
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager,
Amazon

Presentation of Certificates
Emily Henesey,
Director of Program,
Year Up Greater Boston

Abe Sierra,
Employment Placement Manager,
Learning Community Achieve

Marcia Jordan, 
Associate Director of Employment Placement,
Learning Community Aspire

Marissa Edwards, 
Program Manager, 
Learning Community Believe

Christian Ver,
Program Manager,
Learning Community Engage

Alumni Oath
Shaleah Gilmer, 
Year Up Graduate 2016

Closing Remarks
Jenaliz Montanez,
Year Up Intern at Pegasystems

Featured Speakers

Jenaliz Montanez
Year Up Intern at

Pegasystems
Meet Jenaliz

Crystal Howard
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager at Amazon
Meet Crystal

 

Alexis Santiago
Year Up Intern at

JPMorgan Chase
Meet Alexis

Letter from Site Directors

Welcome to the Year Up Greater Boston Commencement Ceremony! 

Graduates, today we are thrilled to celebrate you and all that you’ve accomplished this year. You joined Year Up at an unpredictable time as the pandemic has continued to toil on.  Yet, YOU decided now was your time to invest in yourself.  Each of you knows your story best, and each of you have persisted and overcome in pursuit of this moment. We are humbled to be here today witnessing you, talented and motivated young adults, ready to graduate and continue on in the direction of your dreams. Year Up has a rich alumni network locally in Greater Boston and across the country- a group that you’re now joining. Thank you for being exceptional Year Up ambassadors this past year and continuing to do so as you move forward in your careers. 

Everyone at Year Up Greater Boston, our partners, and volunteers are thankful to have been a part of your journey. All 106 of you started this experience full of hope and expectations, eager to embark on a yearlong journey towards economic justice. Your determination and resilience have certainly inspired each of us here tonight. This year was filled with change as vaccines were introduced and civil unrest called for organizations to grow towards anti-racism. Some of you reported to internship in person while others worked virtually- ALL of you persevered. We know that your journey towards a career and higher education doesn’t stop here, but please take a moment to pause because your dedication should be celebrated!   

You have learned and strengthened so many skills this past year, and now it’s time to apply your ability to communicate, collaborate, organize, and adapt as you reach your career and educational aspirations. We encourage you to continue using these skills to give back and strengthen your community. Be reflective of your time this past year and share your story with a friend that could use a ‘Year Up’ in their life. Consider how you want to leave a legacy- volunteering, mentoring, or sharing your story. Always remember your story matters, your voice matters, and you matter. As many of you have, continue to be bold and audacious as you fight for what makes you optimistic about this world.    

LC Engage, LC Believe, LC Aspire, and LC Achieve, your unique path ahead is unchartered, yet we are confident you have the grit and skills to charge forward. There are countless friends and family members, corporate partners, funders, community partners, volunteers, and staff members who believe in you. You have an entire network of people cheering you on and will continue to do so as a community. Graduates, to quote Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem- read to the nation right before you started your Year Up journey; “The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” 

On behalf of Year Up Greater Boston, congratulations to our resilient Class of Winter 2022! 

Yours in service,

Tyra Anderson-Montina

Site Director
Downtown Boston
Kira Coveney
Site Director
Roxbury Community College

Award Winners

Cornerstone Award
Corinne Casiello

Bank of America

Empowerment Award
Chelsea High School

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 Presenting Sponsor
Thank You to our Elite Sponsors
Thank You to our Supporting Sponsor
National Sponsors

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