While speaking at the commencement of Harlem’s Promise Academy, Pharrell Williams gave graduating seniors much more than a great speech and a high school diploma. He surprised them with an incredible gift.
“So let me be clear, every member of the 2019 graduating class, is guaranteed an internship waiting for them, you, next summer,” Pharrell said in a video posted by Harlem’s Children’s Zone. “It’s one thing to be ‘woke,’ another to be awake, leaned in and engaged.”
He also took to his twitter posting the following message:
We are in the midst of the new Harlem Renaissance with education at its core. Which is why I’ve promised an internship next summer for every student of the @hczorg Promise Academy #ClassOf2019, all of whom were accepted to college. 🌍💛🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/P9IcvVA69a
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 27, 2019
The school’s website states that the Promise Academy’s goal is to make sure each student gets into college and graduates.
“When students enter our Promise Academy® K-12 Charter Schools, we make a promise to help each and every one get to and through college,” the statement reads. “Everything we give our students—from world-class instruction and exceptional extracurricular activities to social emotional support and healthy meals—is aimed at fulfilling that promise.”
Take a look at a portion of Pharell’s speach below.