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Graduation Program | Programa de Graduación

Graduate Speaker Welcome
Hilcia Quezada, Year Up Intern at
State of Rhode Island

Site Director Greeting
George Nippo, Site Director,
Year Up Rhode Island

Keynote Address
Christine Brooks,
Year Up Intern at CVS Health

Awards Presentation
Johana Barrientos,
Year Up Intern at Care New England
Sangress Xiong,
Year Up Intern at Fidelity Investments

Congratulations Message
Melissa Husband,
Deputy Secretary of State,
Rhode Island Department of State

Virtual Procession
Class of Winter 2021

Alumni Oath
Karina Tapia, Year Up Graduate July 2020, Payroll Assistant, Amica Mutual Insurance Company

Closing Remarks
Hilcia Quezada, Year Up Intern at
State of Rhode Island

Palabras de Bienvenida
Graduanda: Hilcia Quezada, Pasante de Year Up en State of Rhode Island

Saludo del Director Local
George Nippo, Director Local,
Year Up Rhode Island

Presentadora Principal
Christine Brooks,
Pasante de Year Up en CVS Health

Presentación de Condecoraciones
Johana Barrientos,
Pasante de Year Up en Care New England
Sangress Xiong,
Pasante de Year Up en Fidelity Investments

Palabras de Felicitación
Melissa Husband,
Sub-Secretaria de Estado,
Rhode Island Department of State

Desfile Virtual
Clase de Invierno 2021

Juramentación de Ex-Alumnos
Karina Tapia, Graduanda de Year Up Julio 2020, Asistente de Liquidación de Planilla en Amica Mutual Insurance Company

Hilcia Quezada, Pasante de Year Up en State of Rhode Island

Graduate Keynote Speaker

Christine Brooks
Year Up Intern at CVS Health

Letter From the Site Director

Welcome to the Year Up Rhode Island Commencement Ceremony!

Dear Year Up Friends & Family,

When Class of Winter 2021 walked through the doors of 40 Fountain Street last March, none of us knew what to expect. During your orientation and brief time in person, you created a community that would last through all of us logging into Zoom for the first time together. The hours we would log! Class of Winter 2021, thank you for working with us through all the unknowns. I speak for all of us at Year Up when I say that we 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. At a time where employment and educational opportunities are more limited than ever, your belief in our work instills hope for the year ahead.

As our Class of Winter 2021 graduates turn to the job market in the middle of a pandemic, it is important for all of us to continue to recognize that Black Lives Matter. While there is much work to be done (please read our founder and CEO’s letter on Year Up’s actions against racism), we can work towards the solution together. All young adults deserve access to opportunity and economic justice and we are more committed than ever to take action against injustice and racism.

George Nippo
Site Director, Year Up Rhode Island

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

Estimados amigos y familia Year Up:

En marzo pasado, cuando la Clase de Invierno 2021 pasó por las puertas de 40 Fountain Street, ninguno de nosotros sabía qué esperar. Durante su orientación y conocernos brevemente en persona, crearon una comunidad que terminó en que todos juntos iniciaríamos por primera vez una sesión en Zoom. ¡Las horas que dedicaríamos! Clase de Invierno 2021, gracias por trabajar con nosotros a través de todas estas circunstancias desconocidas. Hablo por todos nosotros en Year Up cuando digo que estamos asombrados por su flexibilidad, corazón y perseverancia frente a desafíos tan difíciles.

Es un placer para nosotros darles la bienvenida a la familia de exalumnos y esperamos celebrarlo en persona con ustedes en los próximos años. A medida que avanzan hacia su próximo reto, sepan que Year Up y todos nuestros colaboradores estamos a solamente una llamada de distancia o comunicación por Zoom. Estamos juntos en esto. 

Gracias a nuestra comunidad de colaboradores, miembros de la Junta Directiva y del Consejo de Liderazgo, Socios Corporativos, donadores y voluntarios. Apreciamos inmensamente su colaboración para brindar acceso a oportunidades y carreras significativas a jóvenes talentosos, ustedes son verdaderamente una de las piedras angulares para mejorar la igualdad en nuestro país. En un momento en el que las oportunidades de empleo y educación son más limitadas que nunca, su fe en nuestro trabajo infunde esperanza para el próximo año. 

A medida que nuestros graduandos de la Clase de Invierno 2021 se dirigen al mercado laboral en medio de una pandemia, es importante que todos sigamos reconociendo que Las Vidas Negras Importan (Black Lives Matter). Si bien hay mucho trabajo por hacer (por favor lea la carta de nuestro Fundador y Director Ejecutivo sobre las acciones de Year Up contra el racismo), podemos trabajar juntos hacia una solución. Todos los jóvenes merecen acceso a las oportunidades y la justicia económica y estamos más comprometidos que nunca a tomar medidas contra la injusticia y el racismo.

Con valor,
George Nippo 
Director 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.

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Thank You to our Supporting Sponsors
Thank You to our National Sponsors
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