Graduation 2016

On June 2, we welcomed more than 210 Scholars, mentors, family members and donors to our 2016 Graduation Celebration. We honored the achievements of 23 college-bound high school graduates, and congratulated our 28 college graduates.

We also saluted community member and longtime supporter, Pamela Sawchuk Brown, who was instrumental in launching a career exploration program for our students at Albany Medical Center in early 2016. Board Chair Gerry Golub and Chair Emeritus Charles Buchanan honored Ms. Brown with the Founders' Award. 

Board member and Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak delivered the keynote address, inspiring our Scholars to set high expectations for themselves.

Scholars also heard from newly-minted college graduate Jacada Bost, a member of Clark Atlanta University's Class of 2016. Jacada had some wonderful words of advice for our high school seniors. She advised our students to follow the five P's: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance

Those are words we can all live by!

Check out all of the photos from the event!

Thank you to all of our generous event underwriters and donors!