After finishing the two-year core program graduates may apply to either Transition Year or Bridge Year.
You've worked hard these past 2 years, finishing your classes and internships in the core program, and earning 6 college credits along the way. Now, you'll celebrate your accomplishments with your classmates at a formal graduation ceremony, surrounded by your family and friends, where you'll receive a certificate of completion.
After graduating, most students continue on in one of our post-graduate programs—Transition Year or Bridge Year—to keep working toward independent living and getting a paid job.
Many people from across the university will come to graduation to cheer you on, such as the university president; a representative from the Board of Trustees; Threshold faculty, staff, and alumni; and facultyand staff from other departments.
Threshold graduation takes place in early May near campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A guest speaker addresses the graduates on their accomplishments and offers advice on the challenges and adventures ahead. Student speakers talk about their journey through the program.
Here are the highlights from the past few ceremonies:
May 6, 2016 - The Class of 2016 march confidently toward their future, and give heartfelt farewell to retiring Threshold director Jim WilburGuest Speaker: Michael Storz, president of Chapen Haven, an organization that teaches people with autism spectrum disorders and mild cognitive disabilities the skills to live independently.
May 8, 2015 - Threshold program announces $1M gift at 2015 graduationGuest Speaker: Pralhad K.C., president of the Nepal America Foundation
May 15, 2014 - Threshold program sends its 30th graduating class toward independence and successGuest Speaker: Dr. Arlyn Roffman, founder of the Threshold Program
Other past guest speakers have included:
"The success of our graduates is astounding and we are proud of the outcomes from studies spanning three decades. The information is clear and concise, leaving no doubt that our students possess the potential to have happy and fulfilling lives. The success of our Threshold graduates has a unique ripple affect, changing not just their lives, but the lives of their families and friends."
—Jim Wilbur, Threshold Director, 2003–2016
The majority of graduates enroll in our Transition Year Program, which kicks-off with a 9-day seminar in June, one month after graduation. Transition Year then goes into full swing in September. Students spend the year living in an apartment off campus with roommates while searching for a paid job.
A smaller number of graduates participate in our Bridge Year Program before going on to Transition Year. In Bridge Year, you'd live on campus and work in internships for another academic year.
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Threshold Alum Jessie Bogese, Class of 2003, had two paintings in the "Tree"
Art Show that was held at The Kaji Aso Studio on St. Stephens Street in
Boston, MA This is her fourth art show with this studio. Jessie's
medium is water color.