For many young men from Chicago’s African American communities, there are countless roadblocks that stand between them and a high school diploma. In fact, only 41% of Black males in Chicago graduated from high school in the 2012-2013 school year.

However, every year there are several hundred students that demonstrate an astounding ability to succeed, despite the obstacles before them. With the Mass Black Male Graduation, we celebrate the accomplishments of these students, and assist them in their journey into adulthood.

The Mass Black Male Graduation is an opportunity for young graduates to celebrate their accomplishments and speak with successful black leaders in the community.

The 2016 Mass Black Male Graduation

Saturday, June 25, 2016

10:30 am—12:30 pm

Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church

4100 South King Drive

Chicago, IL 60653

Featuring Keynote Speaker: George Wright, Community Development Midwest Director at Citi

This ceremony is designed to honor the graduates for their accomplishments and show them what is possible by introducing them to distinguished, successful individuals such as yourself. Before the ceremony, new graduates will have the opportunity to network and engage with leaders in the community, who will expose them to different models of success.

This event is free and open to the public.

Elementary, High School, and College graduates are eligible to participate in this event. Please register by Thursday, June 23, 2016 to participate in the ceremony.

To register for this event, please complete the following form: Mass Black Male Graduation Registration form

Scholarship Information: The Black Star Project is proud to support two high school graduates with $250 scholarships.

To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, students must:

  • Be high school graduates.
  • Submit the registration form, with a complete Scholarship Application section by FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016 AT 11:59 PM. This short application only asks two questions:
    • What college, university, training program, or certification program will you attend post-graduation?
    • What are your plans to give back to the community and make a positive difference now that you have graduated?
  • Attend the ceremony. We will announce the recipients at the ceremony. If they are absent, the scholarship will be awarded to the runner-up.  



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