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Graduation Program

Graduate Welcome
Mecol Honore
Year Up Intern at Wells Fargo & Company

Year Up Leadership Welcome
Casey Recupero
Managing Director of Direct Service, Year Up

Virtual Procession
Class of Winter 2021

Keynote Address
April Walker
Senior Director, US Microsoft Technology Centers

Student Keynote Address
Jade Cook
Year Up Intern at Penn Mutual

Presentation of Awards
Melinda Brown
 Site Director, Year Up Greater Philadelphia

Seven Second Resume Video
Class of Winter 2021

Congratulatory Remarks and Box Opening
Sheree Hicks
Program Manager, Year Up Greater Philadelphia

Alumni Oath
Abel Naklen Jr., Year Up Graduate 2019

Closing Remarks
Sheree Hicks
Program Manager, Year Up Greater Philadelphia

speaker

Keynote Speakers

Jade Cook
Year Up Intern at Penn Mutual

April Walker
Senior Director,
US Microsoft Technology Centers

Congratulations Class of Winter 2021!

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 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 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 Philadelphia. 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. Class of Winter 2021, 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,

Melinda Brown
Site Director, Year Up Greater Philadelphia

Award Winner

Corporate Partner
Frank DeVecchis

Merck

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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