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

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  • The event will start promptly at 11:00 AM ET. We encourage you to open the Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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.

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Graduation Program | Programa de Graduación

Welcome Remarks
Hasley Pierre, Year Up Intern at Citizens
George Nippo, Site Director,
Year Up Rhode Island

Keynote Address
Patrick Him, Year Up Intern at UNFI
(United Natural Foods)

Awards Presentation
Elizamar Agosto Marte, Year Up Intern at Citizens
Norman Rivera, Year Up Intern at BankNewport

Virtual Procession
George Duran, Program Manager
Nathan Kosiba, Program Manager
Class of Summer 2021

Congratulatory Remarks
Bruce Van Saun, Chief Executive Officer, Citizens

Alumni Oath
Hilcia Quezada, Year Up Graduate 2021, Implementation Aide, Rhode Island Department of Human Services

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

Closing Remarks
Hasley Pierre, Year Up Intern at Citizens

Palabras de Bienvenida
Hasley Pierre, pasante de Year Up en Citizens
George Nippo, Director del sitio,
Year Up Rhode Island


Discurso de Apertura
Patrick Him, Year Up Intern en UNFI
(United Natural Foods)


Presentación de Premios
Elizamar Agosto Marte, pasante de Year Up en Citizens
Norman Rivera, pasante de Year Up en BankNewport


Procesión Virtual
George Duran, Gerente de Programa
Nathan Kosiba, Gerente de Programa
Clase de Verano 2021


Comentarios de Felicitación
Bruce Van Saun, Director Ejecutivo, Ciudadanos


Juramento de Exalumnos
Hilcia Quezada, Graduada de Year Up 2021, Asistente de Implementación, Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Rhode Island


Ronda Thompson, Jefa de Diversidad, Equidad, Inclusión y Pertenencia, y Directora Fundadora en la Oficina de Alumnos, Year Up 

Palabras de Clausura

Hasley Pierre, pasante de Year Up en Citizens

Graduate Keynote Speaker

Patrick Him
Year Up Intern at UNFI (United Natural Foods)

Letter From the Site Director

Welcome to the Year Up Rhode Island Commencement Ceremony!

Dear Year Up Friends & Family,

As we celebrate Year Up Rhode Island’s Summer 2021 graduating class, we are also celebrating the first ever RI class to have completed the entire program in a virtual environment. Thank you to to the Class of Summer 2021 for being partners with us on this journey, for your continued feedback, and for your endless hard work to get to where we are today, your graduation!  All of us at Year Up are in awe of your flexibility, heart, and perseverance in the face of such difficult challenges. 

We are thrilled to welcome you to the alumni family and look forward to celebrating in person with you in the years to come. As you move into your next steps, know that Year Up and all our supporters are only a phone call or Zoom away. We remain in this together.

Thank you to our community of supporters, board and Leadership Council members, corporate partners, donors, and volunteers. We so appreciate your partnership with us to provide access to opportunity and meaningful careers for Opportunity Talent, truly one of the cornerstones of improving equality in our country. All young adults deserve access to opportunity and economic justice and we are more committed than ever to take action against injustice and racism.  At a time where employment and educational opportunities are more limited than ever, together, we are moving closer to our vision of economic justice for all.  


George Nippo
Site Director, Year Up Rhode Island

¡Bienvenido a la ceremonia de graduación de Year Up Rhode Island!

Estimados Amigos y Familiares de Year Up,


Al celebrar la clase de graduación de verano 2021 de Year Up en Rhode Island, también estamos celebrando la primera clase de RI que ha completado todo el programa en un entorno virtual. Gracias a la promoción del verano de 2021 por ser socios con nosotros en este viaje, por su continua retroalimentación, y por su interminable trabajo duro para llegar a donde estamos hoy, su graduación! Todos nosotros en Year Up nos asombramos de su flexibilidad, corazón y perseverancia frente a estos difíciles desafíos.


Estamos encantados de darle la bienvenida a la familia de exalumnos y esperamos celebrar en persona con usted en los próximos años. A medida que avances en tus próximos pasos, sabrás que Year Up y todos nuestros seguidores son sólo una llamada telefónica o Zoom de distancia. Permanecemos juntos en esto.


Gracias a nuestra comunidad de simpatizantes, miembros de la junta directiva y del Consejo de Liderazgo, socios corporativos, donantes y voluntarios. Agradecemos su colaboración con nosotros para proporcionar acceso a oportunidades y carreras significativas para el talento de oportunidades, verdaderamente una de las piedras angulares para mejorar la igualdad en nuestro país. Todos los jóvenes adultos merecen acceso a oportunidades y justicia económica y estamos más comprometidos que nunca a tomar medidas contra la injusticia y el racismo. En un momento en que las oportunidades de empleo y educación son más limitadas que nunca, juntos nos estamos acercando más a nuestra visión de la justicia económica para todos.

Con valor,

George Nippo
Director de local, Year Up Rhode Island

George Nippo
Site Director, Year Up Rhode Island

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 Signature Sponsor
Thank You to our Premier Sponsors
Thank You to our Supporting Sponsors

Bank of America
Homestar Mortgage
Residential Properties

Thank You to our National Sponsors
Thank you to our National Community Partners

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