On June 27, 2019, nearly 50 YouthBuild and VetsBuild students became graduates, moving on to the next stage of their success. YouthBuild graduates are ready to enter the workforce, into industries including the labor trades, healthcare and early child care.VetsBuild graduates are equipped with the technical tools and knowledge to enter green construction industries including HVAC and natural gas careers.
The graduation ceremony was a celebration bringing together graduates, their families, Board of Directors members, funders and supporters, and public officials. In addition to the diploma presentation, both deserving groups of graduates were honored with awards, achievements and scholarships and were recognized by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Guest speakers included:
- YouthBuild graduate and future Suffolk County Community College student, LaKasha, who was honored with the Patricia Michels Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a young woman pursuing higher education.
- YouthBuild graduate, David, who charmed guests with his enthusiasm and heartfelt video message describing his journey from a troubled childhood to electrician in training.
- YouthBuild Alumni and st. Thomas Aquinas College graduate, Joshua, who reflected on YouthBuild's impact and how the program helped him achieve his dream of attending and graduating from a four-year college.
The graduation was followed by a celebratory barbecue topped off with cake!