The 2017 Mass Black Male Graduation
Saturday, June 24, 2017
10:30 am—12:30 pm
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Charles Thomas and Maze Jackson
Join Black male kindergarten graduates, 8th-grade graduates, 12th-grade graduates, associates degree graduates, bachelor's degree graduates, professional school graduates and Ph.D. graduates on Saturday, June 24, 2017. This year a raffle will be conducted for attending participants to win scholarships.
Please call 773.285.9600 to register your 2017 Black Male Graduates. For more information Mass Black Male Graduation (pdf). To register for this event click here, Mass Black Male Graduation Registration.
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.
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.
We expect graduates to participate from Harvey, Kankakee, Bolingbrook, Evanston, Rockford, Peoria, Broadview, Carbondale, Quincy, Moline, Naperville, Aurora, Riverdale, Country Club Hills, Maywood, Waukegan, Calumet City, Bellwood, Robbins, Bloomington-Normal, Ford Heights, North Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, Springfield, Danville, Joliet, Decatur, Chicago Heights, Romeoville, Matteson, Rock Island, Chicago and all other Illinois cities.