news: May 2, 2013
Ready, Willing & Able Graduation - Class of 2013
On Wednesday, May 1, Ready, Willing & Able honored the "men in blue" who graduated into lives of self-sufficiency and independence at our annual Graduation ceremony, held at Old Pine Street Church in Society Hill. Over 300 friends, family, and community supporters were on hand to mark the occasion, hearing the stories of transformation of the Graduates.
Seth Williams, District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia, provided the keynote address and spoke about the organization as a shining example of success. "For over a decade, the Ready, Willing & Able program has been changing lives in Philadelphia, and it is an honor to be a part of their graduation ceremony. Since taking office in 2010, I have been talking about being smart on crime, not just tough; and programs like Ready, Willing and Able help us achieve that goal."
The crowd also heard inspiring stories from 2006 Graduate, Gerald Washington, and 2013 Graduate, Shahid Guyton, who are both shining examples of the program's strength and success.
After the graduates received their diplomas, the men threw their caps into the air to signify the end of the Graduation and the beginning of their new lives. A reception catered by Ready, Willing & Able's Culinary Arts program immediately followed at the Old Pine Community Center.
Please check out the photos from Graduation on our Facebook page and watch the great piece from 6ABC below!