On June 8th, 2018, with friends, family, board members, volunteers, supporters and staff in attendance, eight Prison University Project students celebrated the completion of their Associate of Arts degrees after completing 20 classes in the humanities, social sciences, math, and science.
Prison University Project Clerk, James King, delivered the opening remarks, speaking on the incredible perseverance and determination of the graduates and their ability to achieve in the face of adversity. The Salutatory Address was given by Jose Rivera who highlighted some of his own personal challenges and urged his fellow graduating classmates to continue in a life-long pursuit of knowledge.
Below you will find a transcription of Jose's remarks, a copy of the graduation program, and excerpts from interviews with the graduating class. You can also watch a video of the ceremony and click through to see additional photos from the day.