New Second Chance Graduates Featured in The Baltimore Sun
May 25, 2023
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Kenneth Bond (pictured, left) and Kelly Gilliss, two new University of Baltimore graduates who were part of the University's Second Chance College Program for incarcerated students at the state-run Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI), are featured in a Baltimore Sun article about the program's growing success.
The students, who each earned a bachelor's degree in human services administration, said they want to use their experience to help other Second Chance students succeed. During UBalt's May 24 Commencement, the first-generation college graduates were cheered on by family and friends, as well as other Second Chance students who have been released from JCI.
Andrea Cantora, program director and an associate professor in the University's School of Criminal Justice, told the newspaper that Gilliss and Bond are "incredible students" and "both leaders."
"For the past six years," she said, "they've helped other students in their program."
"You know how a regular college student comes to campus and they go to class? We had to fight to get out of our cell to let us into school," Gilliss told the Sun. "We literally had to fight for our education ... so that made it even more worth it."
Read the article in The Baltimore Sun.
Learn more about UBalt's Second Chance College Program and its director, Prof. Andrea Cantora.