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Meet our Graduates

View the Graduate Booklet by clicking the icon above.

Thank You to our College Partners

Graduation Program

Graduate Welcome
Deborah Keme, Year Up Intern at Microsoft

Board Chair Welcome
John Stanton, Chairman of the Year Up Puget Sound Board

Graduate Keynote Address
Brenda Ray, Year Up Intern at Tableau Software

Presentation of Awards
Thalia Flores, Year Up Intern at Impinj
Elizabeth Barrera-Pallares, Year Up Intern at Slalom LLC

Presentation of Certificates
Kaitlin Thomas, Interim Site Director, Year Up Puget Sound
Laura Blamey, Associate Director of Program, Year Up Puget Sound
Tatiana Heck, Site Director, Year Up Puget Sound 

Alumni Oath
Valerie Smith, Year Up Graduate 2021, Business Communications Manager at Microsoft

Closing Remarks
Nicole Deshong, Year Up Intern at Providence Health & Services
Kaitlin Thomas, Interim Site Director, Year Up Puget Sound 
Tatiana Heck, Site Director, Year Up Puget Sound

Graduate Speakers

Ray_Brenda

Brenda Ray
Year Up Intern at
Tableau Software

Keme_Deborah

Deborah Keme
Year Up Intern at
Microsoft

Barrera Pallares_Elizabeth

Elizabeth Barrera-Pallares 
Year Up Intern at
Slalom LLC

Deshong_Nicole

Nicole Deshong
Year Up Intern at
Providence Health & Services

Flores_Thalia

Thalia Flores
Year Up Intern at
Impinj

Letter from Site Directors

The Year Up Puget Sound team is so proud to have witnessed the journey of each of our graduates here today. Thanks to each of you for allowing us to be a part of your incredible development over the last year.

The 98 talented professionals that will be recognized went through so much to make it to this milestone in their lives. It has been remarkable to watch them work through the challenges and celebrate the many wins that go with being an intern; not to mention an intern during a time of many unknowns. The Year Up Puget Sound staff is so proud of how this class rose to the challenge and want to say thank you again for committing to your development and believing that nothing can get in the way of your dreams. The professionals you’ll be seeing graduate today persevered through the changing environments and impacts of a global pandemic, and economic turmoil. At this time, more than ever, it is critical that we lift up these incredible graduates so that they can be the change that we need in this world.

We celebrate you all today and wish you the best of luck on the next step in your long and promising careers.

Congrats!

Tatiana Heck
Site Director, Year Up Puget Sound
Kaitlin Thomas
Interim Site Director, Year Up Puget Sound

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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