Thank you for joining the virtual Year Up Jacksonville graduation ceremony!

View the Year Up Jacksonville Graduation Video Here

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

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  • The video will appear on the Jacksonville main Facebook page and you will not need a direct access link
  • The event will start promptly at 6:00 PM ET, so we encourage you to open Facebook 5-10 minutes early
  • If you follow the Jacksonville Facebook, you should receive a reminder notification shortly before the event premieres
  • You are not required to have a Facebook account to watch, though you do need to be signed into an account to set a reminder and post comments or reactions

Meet our Graduates!

View the Graduate Booklet by clicking the icon above.

Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program

Welcome Remarks
Jaydon Wright, Year Up Intern at Bank of America
Latonya Hines, Site Director, Year Up Jacksonville

Virtual Procession
Class of Summer 2022

Keynote Address
John Bradley, Senior Advisor to the CEO, Year Up
Michelle Sims, Chief Executive Officer, YUPRO

Awards Presentation
Year Up Jacksonville Staff

Graduate Box Opening Announcement
Toni Southerland, Associate Director of Programs, Year Up Jacksonville

Alumni Oath
Meecler Louis, Year Up Graduate 2018, Admissions Specialist, Year Up Jacksonville
Janice R. Lindsey, National Director of Alumni Relations, Year Up

Closing Remarks
Tyrese Higdon, Year Up Intern at Bank of America

Keynote and Graduate Speakers

Jaydon Wright
Year Up Intern at

Bank of America

Michelle Sims
Chief Executive Officer

Tyrese Higdon
Year Up Intern at
Bank of America


Letter from the Site Director

Dear Class of Summer 2022 Graduates,

A year ago, you were in the midst of Orientation, learning about our Core Values, walking through the contract, participating in interactives, establishing your community norms, practicing the concept of feedback, making new connections with peers and the Year Up staff and embarking on the unknown.

Today, you sit amongst your peers, colleagues, professors, managers, coaches and program managers who are present to cheer you on and be your foundation as you continue to grow as a young professional in your careers and part of this movement to close the Opportunity Divide.

I would like to congratulate you on this incredible accomplishment. Today is a celebration of your focus, diligence, hard work, and determination. Due to these attributes, you are now part of a movement along with thousands of alumni changing the corporate, social, and political landscape.

As we celebrate you virtually, it only takes a few seconds to hear your name and step into the next phase of your career with the audacity to change this world for the better. It took months of encouraging one another to push forward every Monday Morning Kickoff and holding each other accountable every Friday Feedback. Each day you showed up to Florida State College at Jacksonville on time and prepared to learn and develop. You spent months training in IT, Finance, and Business all while sharpening your soft skills and months more applying those skills at an amazing internship. Now, one year later, you have not only accomplished your goals, but you are paving the way for those who will come behind you, ready to seize the opportunity.

My hope is that you take all of this with you and apply everything you have learned, during both your learning and development and internship phases, and to always be E.P.I.C. – empowered, professional, in-demand and career ready.

Class of Summer 2022, you are now part of the movement. I hope you never doubt the power you have. There is no question in my mind that you are meant to do great things in this world. Your resilience during COVID-19 has proven that you have the tenacity and drive to persevere through the toughest of times. The entire Year Up Jacksonville team and I remain committed to you and your success. From everyone across the Year Up network, congratulations on this milestone and the many more to come.  

With great admiration,

Latonya Hines
Site Director, Year Up Jacksonville

Latonya Hines
Site Director, Year Up Jacksonville

Award Winner

Cornerstone Award
Reginald Exum
VP & Community Relations Officer

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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