Honoring the academic achievements of foster youth.
Since 1990, this annual event has recognized foster youth who graduate from high school with a 2.8 grade point average or higher and plan to attend a college, university, trade or vocational school. All of the foster youth participating in Celebration receive college sponsorships in varying amounts.
UFC awards 30-40 college sponsorships with a combined value of over $450,000 per year for up to five years, to help offset the financial burden of college.
Congratulations to the over 135 Los Angeles foster youth graduating from high school and headed to college. These students were honored at Walt Disney Concert Hall in recognition of their academic achievements and enjoyed a special graduation ceremony hosted by Extra's Maria Menounos. The program also included a performance by musicians Jason Torres and Konstantin Grigoriou, keynote speakers Dee Hankins and Reverend Darryl Armstrong and was followed by a catered reception by Patina. UFC presented over 35 students with College Sponsorships to attend four-year universities across the country. A truly special night!!!
Hosted by Mario Lopez, a record number of 180 foster youth participated in the graduation celebration at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Presented by UFC in partnership with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles County Departments of Children and Family Services and Probation and the Teague Family Foundation, this event celebrates the academic achievements of foster youth in Los Angeles graduating from high school and continuing on to college. UFC presented over $600,000 in college sponsorships so foster youth can receive the financial support and guidance they need to attend and graduate from 4-year colleges.
The 21st Annual Celebration Graduation event was held at Walt Disney Concert Hall to honor the achievements of foster youth graduating high school and heading to college. Nearly 130 students participated in the graduation ceremony, hosted by Paul Rodriguez with celebrity guest speaker, Jada Pinkett Smith. Over 500 guests, including friends and family members of the graduates, UFC staff, board and volunteers and community learders, turned out for the event and enjoyed a catered reception by Patina. UFC hosted a pre-reception and presented 40 students with sponsorships totaling more than $600,000. They will receive support and services from UFC for the next 4-5 years during their college experience and beyond.
Hundreds of community members, UFC board and staff members, and friends and family of the graduates came out to Walt Disney Concert Hall to celebrate the academic achievements of Los Angeles foster youth. Nearly 150 youth participated in the very special graduation ceremony that included guest speakers Raven-Symoné and Harry Lennix, and Master of Ceremonies Damon Wayans, Jr. with a special video message from Paula Abdul. UFC also hosted a pre-reception for the 30 students receiving UFC College Sponsorships and all the guests of the evening enjoyed a wonderful catered reception by Patina.
Save the Date
June 4, 2013 - Walt Disney Concert Hall
This 24th annual event honors the academic achievements of foster youth.
For Los Angeles high school seniors with a GPA of 2.8 and above and plans to attend college or trade school in the fall.
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