Thank you for joining the virtual Year Up Tampa Bay Graduation Ceremony!

View the Year Up Tampa Bay Graduation Video, here.

Thank You to our College Partners

Graduation Program

Year Up Welcome
Kim Guy, Associate Director of Enrollment

Virtual Procession
Ferrisa Connell, Operations Manager

Keynote Introduction
Clarissa Gifford, Year Up Intern at New York Met Life Insurance Company

Keynote Address
Dr. Renee Baker, Head of PCG Advisor Inclusion Networks, Raymond James

Awards Ceremony
Walter James, Employment Placement Manager

Student Keynote
Smaya Arana, Year Up Intern at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Alumni Oath
Jaiya Daughtery, Year Up Graduate 2020, Marketing Consultant, Colonial Life

Closing Remarks
Fred Rosario, Site Director

Graduate Speakers

Clarissa Gifford
Year Up Intern at
New York Life Insurance Company

Smaya Arana
Year Up Intern at
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Welcome Letter

Dear Graduates, 

Congratulations! Our Year Up Tampa Bay team could not be more excited or proud of this accomplishment. We have witnessed your growth through our program and have never been more enthusiastic about the future—all thanks to your hard work and determination.  

In the span of a single and especially challenging year, you have mastered new skills, stepped boldly into corporate environments, and made yourselves a valuable asset to our corporate partners. That takes a tremendous amount of grit and strength of character. In knowing the obstacles that many of you have overcome along the way—persisting despite difficult circumstances—we have a far deeper appreciation for your incredible potential and ability. It is this talent, skill, bravery, and creativity that fuels our own optimism, not only for your future but for the future of our community and world.  

Continue to have high expectations of yourself. You all are on a life-long journey of learning and growth of doing your utmost every day. Continue to lift others as you climb and pave the way for others as we work together to close the Opportunity Divide.  

On behalf of the entire Year Up Tampa Bay staff, we wish you the very best. It has been an honor to work with each of you. We’re cheering for you every step of the way! 

– Year Up Tampa Bay Staff 

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 National Sponsors
Thank you to our National Community Partners

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