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Willie McGinest and Mayor Thomas Menino commencement speakers at annual Crittenton graduation ceremo

In what promises to be a moving ceremony to be held Thursday June 12th at 7:30pm at the historic Faneuil Hall, nearly 100 young parents will celebrate their educational and employment achievements through the Crittenton Hastings House. Honoring the graduates, special guests will include New England Patriot Willie McGinest, the Honorable Mayor Thomas Menino and Superintendent of Schools Thomas Payzant. The commencement will mark a momentous step toward the students' pursuit of economic independence and self-sufficiency.

Movin' On Up annually recognizes students for their accomplishments in and completion of one of Crittenton's high school, adult education, or employment programs. This year, almost forty students will either be awarded their High School or General Equivalency Diplomas, and another twenty-six will be recognized for grade level advancement in the GED program. Twenty-two students will be graduating from a Culinary Arts Training program, while another eleven students have successfully completed three years of participation in a parent home-visitation program.

The 2003 ceremony is made possible by the generous support of many local sponsors, including: Fidelity Investments; Boston Stock Exchange; Choate, Hall and Stewart; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation; and Partners HealthCare System, Inc.

Crittenton Hastings House is a non-profit, multi-service, community-based organization that effectively promotes self-sufficiency for high-risk young families. Crittenton offers a comprehensive array of services, including housing, education, workforce development, childcare, health and family support, and nutrition. These services enable individuals and families to attain and sustain economic independence and self-sufficiency. Movin'On Up gives Crittenton students the recognition they deserve for taking a considerable step toward this life's goal.

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