First Graduate Cap & Gown 2013 Results

First Graduate Cap & Gown 2013

Wendy Langrock

On behalf of this year's nine college graduates, 28 high school graduates, 96 college students, 169 middle and high school students, thank you for helping us raise more than $290,000 - a 15% increase from last year's event, and 46% more than we raised two years ago. Your kind and generous support helps more students become first-generation college graduates every year.

With 17 corporate sponsors, 17 individual sponsors, 350 guests, 10 live auction lots, a silent auction and an exciting Fund-A-Need, you made Cap & Gown 2013 a success and make a significant impact on the lives of our students.

Here is the video that premiered at the event courtesy of GOOD:

Our 2013 First in Family Award Recipient

This year, for the time, First Graduate will be honoring a corporation and its leaders with our First in Family Award. Deloitte is a great partner (investing countless volunteer hours in mentoring and coaching First Graduate students), a cutting-edge leader in corporate philanthropy, and an organization with a powerful message to convey about what is possible for our students and those who will follow in their footsteps. 

We are proud to honor Deloitte as an exemplar of what first generation college graduates can achieve. With first generation college graduates serving in key local, national and global leadership positions (Barry Salzberg, Global CEO; Joe Echevarria, US CEO, Larry Quinlan, Global CIO; and Teresa Briggs, Bay Area Managing Partner), Deloitte clearly embraces the unique power and potential that first-in-family graduates bring to the workplace.   

Keynote Speaker: Barry Salzberg, Deloitte's Global CEO

Keynote Speaker: Barry Salzberg, Deloitte's Global CEO and first generation college graduate.

About Barry Salzberg, Global Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte

Barry Salzberg is the first in his family to graduate from college. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Brooklyn College, his JD from Brooklyn Law School, and his LLM in taxation from the New York University School of Law. He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Salzberg is now the global Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte. As CEO, he leads, manages, and sets the strategic direction of the Deloitte global network that comprises 47 member firms operating in 150 countries, with approximately 200,000 people worldwide.

Salzberg has developed a reputation as a leader committed to cultivating young leaders and to valuing diversity in the workplace. He is also deeply committed to community engagement and, under his leadership, Deloitte has cultivated a true culture of service and a community involvement strategy that is based on the premise that Deloitte has a powerful role to play in strengthening communities. The organization delivers on that promise through skills-based volunteering, pro-bono work, and thought leadership. Salzberg is known in the marketplace for his commitment to education, building opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders and fostering diversity within the workplace, he also serves as Chairman of the Board of College Summit, Chairman of the United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees and is a chair emeritus of the YMCA of Greater New York.

You can read more about Salzberg's views on leadership, paying it forward, and hiring talent here.


Teresa Briggs

About Teresa Briggs, Bay Area Managing Partner, Deloitte

Teresa Briggs is the first in her family to graduate from college, and she received a Bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.  She is the Managing Partner for Deloitte's Bay Area practice with offices located in San Jose and San Francisco. This practice currently includes 2800 people serving Bay companies with competencies including consulting, accounting and auditing, tax and financial advisory.Teresa has more than 30 years of experience in local and national roles. She was a Mergers & Acquisitions partner serving one of the largest U.S.-based private equity investors, and spent six years as the lead audit partner for a Fortune 50 company.

Teresa is also a board member for the California Academy of Sciences.  

You can read more about Teresa, and why her primary principal in work is to empower people here.

Student Speaker: Anjie Diaz

Student Speaker: Anjelais Diaz, B.A. English, Barnard College (spring 2013) 

A few words from Anjelais - "Becoming the first in my family to graduate from college this spring will allow me to not only improve the trajectory of my own family's future but also use my skills and education to influence the lives of the next generation. My Bachelor of Arts degree will be what allows me to enroll in New York City Teaching Fellows, a program that subsidizes a Masters of Education and helps me get a full-time teaching job in a New York City public school, where I will be able to shape and positively influence youth in the greatest need of passionate and caring teachers."

View this year's full list of college graduates on our blog.

2013 Individual Sponsors:

Richard Barker 
Maida & Josh Brankman
John Buoymaster
Dana & Robert Emery
First Graduate Alumni Association
Laura & John Fisher
David Fleishhacker
Terri Forman
Anaflor Graham
John S. Inson
Mark Hamilton & Lauri Paul
Ann & Richard Lanzerotti
Alexander & Michelle Mackie
MCM Foundation
Jeff & Sara Schottenstein
Sara Thorpe & Rich Fike
Amanda Weitman

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