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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.
Reshma Kewalramani, M.D.
CEO and President, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Graduation Program

Graduate Host Welcome
Gia Guzman,
Year Up Intern at Wayfair

Site Directors’ Welcome
Rob Dixon,
Site Director,
Downtown Boston

Kira Coveney,
Site Director,
Roxbury Community College

Graduate Keynote Address
Marhama Ghari, 
Year Up Intern at Harvard University

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

Rob Dixon, 
Site Director,
Downtown Boston

Keynote Speaker
Matt Gellene,
Managing Director
Head of Consumer Client Management
Bank of America / Merrill Lynch

Presentation of Certificates
Melissa Ziskin
Program Manager,
Learning Community Achieve

Michael Payne
Program Manager,
Learning Community Aspire

Marissa Edwards
Program Manager,
Learning Community Believe,
Mellen Eisenson Scholars

Christian Ver
Program Manager,
Learning Community Engage

Alumni Oath
Shaleah Gilmer, 
Year Up Graduate 2016

Closing Remarks
Gia Guzman,
Year Up Intern at Wayfair

Featured Speakers

Gia Guzman
Year Up Intern at

Meet Gia

Matt Gellene
Managing Director; Head of Consumer Client Management
Bank of America / Merrill Lynch
Meet Matt


Marhama Ghari
Year Up Intern at

Harvard University
Meet Marhama

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 unprecedented time as the global COVID pandemic continues to shape our lives in unimaginable ways. Despite this challenge, 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 in the presence of such talented and motivated young adults that are ready to graduate equipped to pursue their dreams.  

Everyone at Year Up is thankful to have been a part of your journey. All 113 of you started this experience full of promise and expectations, eager to embark on a yearlong journey towards economic justice. Your determination and resilience are an inspiration to each of us here tonight. This year has been filled with change, some of you reported to internship in person while others worked virtually, but ALL of you persevered. We know that your journey towards a career and higher education doesn’t stop here, but let’s 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 skills and grit to charge ahead. Thank you for being exceptional Year Up ambassadors, and for continuing to do so as you move forward. Year Up has a rich alumni network locally and across the country — a group that we are proud to call you a part of!  

There are countless friends, 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 that will continue to do so as a community. Graduates, to quote Vice President Kamala Harris; “You never have to ask anyone permission to lead. You want to lead, just lead.” 

On behalf of Year Up Greater Boston, congratulations to our determined Class of July 2022! 

Yours in service, 

Rob Dixon

Site Director
Downtown Boston
Kira Coveney
Site Director
Roxbury Community College

Award Winners

Cornerstone Award
Russ Llewellyn

JPMorgan Chase

Empowerment Award
Excel 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 Premier Sponsors
Thank You to our Supporting Sponsors
National Sponsors

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