Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) hosted a graduation ceremony for its Bridges to College program graduates on June 16 in the Great Hall of Flags at the State House. This year, 61 students from the general studies, biotechnology and academic success programs finished their studies and most of them will attend college and continue their education this coming fall.
State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to keep chasing their dreams. “I see great things in the graduates: they are full of courage and inspiration. All of them have made valuable progress in their ambitious journey — everyone should be proud of themselves.”
Nadeen Alathary and Hanan Neamah are graduates in general studies. The two sisters are refugees from Iraq and now are ready to continue their education in college in the United States. They said, “We lost our family and home during the war in 2003, which also destroyed our hope for life. We had a very hard time when we first arrived in this country: we didn’t know the language, the people, the place, and we didn’t feel safe. JVS helped us to earn confidence to keep going and do our best. Our teachers encouraged us to participate in different activities and communicate with people around us. The achievement of graduating from the Bridges to College program helps us to regain hope in our future.”
“Impossible is not a fact; it’s an opinion,” said Jerry Rubin, JVS president and CEO. “This is what we believe at JVS. Through all these years, we have received support from all different individuals and organizations. We feel really grateful for that. Graduation is not the end: I hope our students could take the advantage of the available resource at JVS and achieve great success in their future career life.”
This post is also available in: Chinese