MIAMI — Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), will host “Academic Signing Day” for the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project’s graduating class of 2015 at 7 p.m. Monday at the Miami-Dade County Commission Chambers, 111 NW First Street in Miami.
At the ceremony, 84 graduating seniors will put pen to paper to sign scholarships to the colleges or universities of their choice. This event will mark the unveiling of the newly designed 5000 Role Models signature tie and exclusive custom-made suits donated by the Sean John Collection at Macy’s. Miami-Dade TV will televise the ceremony.
“I am so proud of these young men. This is a momentous occasion and an important day for them as they look toward the future,” Wilson said. “These students have been instilled with the academic ideals that the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project was founded upon and I have no doubt that they will be successful as they continue their education.”
Wilson started the Role Models program in 1992 “to give hope, encouragement and the will to succeed to boys and young men of color who were at risk of dropping out of school.” Since that time, the program has given out more than $10 million in scholarships. Program officials say the activities and instruction has been transformative in the lives of thousands of young boys who might not otherwise have had an opportunity to attend college.
Wilson noted that the scholarship recipients in the 2015 graduating class were not born when the program started. “This is the true example of preparing for generations of children yet unborn,” she said.
Regarding the television broadcast of the ceremony, Wilson urged residents to tune in. Comcast Channel 76 and U-Verse Channel 99 carry Miami-Dade TV “to witness one of the proudest moments in our nation’s African-American community,” she said. “Amid all of the violence, murders and police brutality, these young men represent what could and should be for all young men of color.”