A different year, but still here for our students.

Typically, we have the honor of recognizing the graduating students in our education programs with a graduation ceremony. Even though we cannot host a normal celebration this year, we can still be there for our students.

Our education programs are designed to help non-traditional and low-income students overcome barriers to their educational goals. Many are single parents, first-generation students, or working multiple jobs. These barriers have only increased with the COVID-19 crisis. From struggles with distance learning to job loss, it has not been easy for the class of 2021. They ended last spring in an uncertain and unstable world, followed by an entire year of living and learning through a global pandemic on the road to graduation.  

But they have persisted. We are so proud of the Class of 2021 and want to ensure they feel our love and support this month. Help us honor their hard work and resilience!

Join us in celebrating these amazing students!

Below are this year’s Rural Vocation and Stay the Course® graduates, both confirmed and anticipated for May and August 2021! 

Rural Vocation Graduates

May 2021

Sarah Leonard
Diana Paruku
Alicia Cervantes
Christina Chance
Eunice Oriogbe
Shannon Moore
Lavonda Melendez
Jami Harris
Tifani McHam
Patricia DonJuan
Taylor Nelson
Shawn Ellifritt
Araceli Garcia
Angel Argott
Micah Martin
Kyleigh Bamber
Maria Luna
Amy Luttmer
Gaby Antoun
Amy Burr Voc
Brenda Moreno
Jonathan Lopez
Rolando Ramirez
Erick Cabrera
Douglas Michalke
Litzy Escamilla
Isabel Vera
Jennifer Barrett
Jessica Bohannan
Crystal Bolf
Chrystyna Boyle
Keana Huizar-Figueroa
Nneka Igbokwe
Marisol Ledezma
Emily McDonald
Amanda Miller
Carrieann Neises
Kayla Osborn
Samiara Sheikh

Jordan Whatley
Bergen Waters
Brittany Ames
Natalie Chavez
Juan Pablo Delgado
Celestial Hernandez
Delanie Hinnant-Dodd



Blair Thacker
Mariana Vela
Brenda Olivas
Rachel Steinberger
Meagan Stovall
Teri Stowers
Haylie Hinojosa
Shawn Hacker

August 2021

Stephanie Gilbert
Joyce Goins
Sarah Lowther
Giovanni Yanez
Anthony Travis
Denicia Miller
Kasey Brooks
Candice Evartt
April Ney
Alisha Fuller
Holly Hutton
Chelsea Fletcher
Laura Esquibel
Landon Reeves
Ashley Morris V
Morgan Hathcock
Veronyka Chavira
Natasha Hale
Riley Ross
Kymberlee Wyatt
Patsy Villa
Amanda Gross
Fatima Gutierrez
Samuel Hernandez-Gaspar
Edith Tapia
Madison Tomasi-Carroll
Casey Richmond
Alma Roberson
Dominique Shepherd
Zach Fulton
Maria Garcia

Stay the Course Graduates

May 2021

Danielle Goulette

Magui Manyonga

Amber Suber

Amanda Taylor

William Black

Melanie Cirigliano

Anna Wallace

Audrey Jordan

Angele Senter

Michael Foster Sanders

Angele Senter

Richard Barber

Anysha Neal

Marium Azab

Naomi Israel

Lana Yassin

Autumn Farris

Charlesetta Carathers

Dulce Serrato

Rachel Brashear

Preston Sims

Aleaya Harris

Kwi Myers

Crystal Guy

Grace Ahern

Kayla Shaffer

Elizabeth Roy

Brelei Rabideau

Leona Finberg

Amber Suber

Dian Johnson

William Black

Lucie Lusamba-Ilunga

Jorge Alonzo

Melanie Cirigliano

Karen Rivera

Amanda Taylor


August 2021 

Luis Navarette

Nia Rush

Gerard Benjamin

Cyrenthia Parker

Jaqueline Nailing

Shan He

Ulissia Richardson

Kamilla Webb

Greg Burnette

Reginald Garth III

Patricia Rodriguez

Jaylen Jackson

Alma Roman

Maihan Taimuri

Heaven Williams

Felipe Rodriguez

Kelvin Meza

Being an Advocate for Students

Participants in both Stay the Course® and Rural Vocation are paired with a Navigator who provides what we call “supercharged” case management: holistic, wrap-around services that launch from a place of believing in our students’ capability to reach their goals.

Stay tuned for a special message to graduates from our program Navigators!

Be a Graduate Advocate!

Ways you can help us celebrate our students:

  • Follow #AdvocatesforGraduates and like, comment, and share our posts highlighting these programs and our students!
  • Add one of our custom frames to your Facebook profile picture! Find them by searching #AdvocatesforGraduates here.
  • Spread the word about these programs and our students through your own social media channels. Feel free to include words of encouragement for us to share with our students. Be sure to tag us and use #AdvocatesforGraduates so we can share these messages with our grads.
  • Tune in to our Facebook LIVE event on Thursday, June 10 to cheer on our Stay the Course (STC) graduates! Students and their immediate families will be invited to a special drive through event and we hope you can join us virtually to congratulate them.
  • Donate to support individualized Out of Poverty Pathways like our education programs! You can give here.


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