Thank you for attending Year Up New York | New Jersey’s virtual graduation ceremony!

We hope you enjoyed celebrating this milestone moment with the graduates who made up our Class of Winter 2022 and their families! As we saw, our graduates delivered on Year Up’s mission to close the Opportunity Divide—the gap that exists between many young adults in our community and the economic mainstream.

Missed the event or want to re-watch it?

You can click here to view the recorded live stream on the Year Up New York | New Jersey Facebook page. 

Para ver el guión de graduación traducido, presione aquí.

The Year Up New York | New Jersey Graduation Ceremony will be a virtual event streamed through Facebook Premiere on the                          New York | New Jersey Facebook page below.  

Year Up New York | New Jersey Facebook 

  • The event will start promptly at 6:00 PM ET. We encourage you to open the New York | New Jersey 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 New York | New Jersey Facebook page, you should 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.
Thank You to our College Partners
Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program

Graduate Welcome
Yesenia Burgos, Year Up Intern at Bank of America 

Year Up Welcome
Nadine Sylvester-Crammer, Site Director, Wall Street Campus

Keynote Speaker
Ricky Manning Jr., NY Jets Defensive Assistant Coach

Graduate Speaker
Tyrell Little, Year Up Intern at FINRA

Virtual Procession
Wil Velazquez, Director, Alternative Service Delivery
Drew Marley, Program Manager
Valencia Gomez, Program Manager
Serena Tillman, Program Manager
Sheree Hicks, Program Manager
Shane Parris, Program Manager
Malik Williams, Program Manager 

Site Director Remarks
Stanley Taylor, Site Director, Year Up New York | New Jersey

Congratulatory Remarks
Edwin Castillo, Year Up Graduate 2019, Project Manager, BNY Mellon

Alumni Oath
Ronda Thompson, Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer and Founding National Director of Alumni Relations, Year Up

Closing Remarks
Kevin Gajraj, Year Up Intern at Salesforces

Keynote Speakers

Ricky Manning Jr. 
NY Jets Defensive Assistant Coach 

Yesenia Burgos
Year Up Intern at
Bank of America

Tyrell Little
Year Up Intern at

Kevin Gajraj
Year Up Intern at

Welcome Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Year Up New York | New Jersey’s Winter 2022 Virtual Graduation. Today, we celebrate the achievements of our extraordinary graduates and thank the powerful network of support that makes our program so successful. Mentors, volunteers, donors, family, friends, corporate and community partners, all play integral roles in making our program a success. We are forever grateful for your work in closing the Opportunity Divide, and supporting so many young people in forging paths to success.

To our graduates, congratulations! Today marks the culmination of your Year Up, and the beginning of your new professional careers. This evening, you leave us as experienced professionals with enhanced skills and the ability to achieve the goals you have set for yourselves. Whether your next steps are a new career and/or higher education, your hard work and commitment over the past year have set the stage for your continued success and the success of the many talented young adults who will follow you.

On behalf of Year Up New York | New Jersey, congratulations on all of your accomplishments and we know your success will continue into the next stage of your professional career.


Nadine Sylvester-Crammer                                    Stanley Taylor 
Site Director, Wall Street Campus                           Site Director, Hudson County Community College Campus

Nadine Sylvester-Crammer
Site Director Wall Street Campus
Stanley Taylor
Site Director Hudson County Community College Campus

Scott Rosenbaum Award

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.

National Graduation Sponsors

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