After 11 months and over 72,000 hours of service to California’s communities, CivicSpark’s 2015-16 cohort has graduated! At the end of August, the fellows came together in Sacramento to spend their last time as a cohort. On August 29th, fellows had the opportunity to spend time together in the morning, spent the afternoon with LGC staff discussing the program, and had the opportunity to network with other professionals later in the day.
On August 30th, the fellows, along with Regional Coordinators, program partners, staff, and family, gathered in the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building, adjacent to the State Capitol, to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of the fellows. The day began with a Poster Symposium, in which fellows had the opportunity to showcase the service they’ve done throughout the year. The Graduation Ceremony came after, with speakers including Michael McCormick, Senior Planner for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research; Karen Baker, Chief Service Officer for CaliforniaVolunteers; Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy for CalEPA; and CivicSpark 2015-16 Cohort Speaker, fellow Hoi-Fei Mok. The ceremony ended with a reception and good-byes as fellows headed back to their regions to complete their service for the year.
The 2015-16 CivicSpark fellows accomplished so much throughout the year, and we look forward to the work they will do post-CivicSpark!
Click here to watch the CivicSpark Graduation Ceremony video.