Earlier this week the Underground Scholar Initiaitve that was created by UC Berkley welcomed its first round of graduates. This initiative was created as a pipeline from prison to UC Berkley.
Many prisoners feel once they are released their is no hope for them to enter into society but these prisoners are walking into the world with a new mindset as they will be walking away from prison with college degrees.
This years innagural graduation included speeches from thought leaders throughout California who encouraged the graduates to shoot for the stars and to remind them that the sky is the limit.
One special graduate had even more to celebrate as he received his masters degree and announced amongst his peers that he had been accepted into a PH.D. Program. So if you’re wondering how a college could accept an ex felon? Well at UC Berkley ex felon isn’t even a topic.