UTICA, N.Y. – Graduates from the On Point for College program in Utica were honored Thursday with a celebratory caravan at Mohawk Valley Community College.
The program has been helping first-generation students get into college since 1999, by providing information on financial aid, helping fill out the appropriate forms and sharing other helpful resources.
There were 250 graduates celebrated this year, including Alex Kofi Dankwa, who says this program helped him further his academic career.
“On Point for College provided a foundation for my future. On Point for College was kind of that stepping stone that helped me get further along my path,” he said.
Another graduate, Moo Tohtaw, said while it’s upsetting to not have a typical graduation ceremony, she’s happy they found a way to celebrate.
“Was very disappointed that I wasn't going to get a graduation because I was the first one in my family to graduate and to get a bachelor’s degree, so it was kind of disappointing but this just makes up for it,” she said.
To date, on point for college has helped more than 10,000 students enroll in more than 200 college and universities.