Richmond Promise to Hold Annual Scholar Celebration on Saturday, June 3 at Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza

 In Press Release

RICHMOND, CALIF. — Richmond Promise invites the community to join in celebrating its newest group of college-bound Scholars as the organization hosts its annual Scholar Celebration on Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza.

The event is free and open to the public. 2023 marks the eighth year that Richmond Promise gathers the local community to celebrate its incoming class of Scholars. The event will feature performances by local artists, games, booths hosted by local colleges and universities, community resources and a food truck in a college quad-style atmosphere. 

“Welcoming students and families back to Civic Center Plaza in 2022 was a huge success, and we are looking forward to joining with the Richmond community once again as we celebrate our newest cohort of Richmond Promise Scholars,” said Richmond Promise Executive Director Christopher Whitmore. “The Scholar Celebration is a great example of the tremendous energy and enthusiasm that exists for building a culture of postsecondary success in Richmond. We are excited to celebrate our students’ accomplishments while also looking forward to supporting their journey that lies ahead.”

Since its launch in 2016, Richmond Promise—a postsecondary access and success organization—has supported over 3,000 Richmond young people as they make their way to and through higher education. Richmond Promise currently serves more than 1,900 scholars who are pursuing associate and bachelor degrees, and career technical education certifications, at over 200 colleges and universities across the United States. The majority of Richmond Promise scholars identify as people of color, first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds.

The Scholar Celebration serves as the Richmond Promise’s largest event and a tradition that welcomes the newest cohort of Richmond youth to a community of local degree and certificate seekers who are supported through a multi-year scholarship and wraparound services.

Organizations interested in sponsoring the event can contact Director of Development Maya Kamath at For more information on the Richmond Promise scholarship as well as the support services available for students, visit

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