The 2013 commencement ceremonies for the Wilkes University Upward Bound Program celebrated the achievements of 37 graduates from area high schools. The Upward Bound Program is designed to prepare eligible high school students for success in post-secondary education. Students are involved in academic preparation and guidance activities during the school year and in the summer months during the three-year program. Some of the graduates, from left, first row: Nathalia Avila, Hanover Area; Kailynn Granoski, Nanticoke Area; Crystal Seashock, Northwest Area; Marissa Keihl, Hanover Area; Ciera Gensel, Hanover Area; Alysha Ennis, Nanticoke Area; Viviana Castellano, Meyers; Amy Cherinko, Coughlin; Shanise Ricketts, Meyers; and Tiffany Castro, Meyers. Second row: Kayla Luminella, Meyers; Rachel Rakowski, Hanover Area; Liliya Palashchuk, Wyoming Valley West; Maranda Keihl, Hanover Area; Amanda Judge, Hanover Area; Jacqueline Marroquine, Coughlin; Raizy Sosa, Coughlin; Rebecca Bolton, Meyers; and Daisy Sosa, Nanticoke Area. Third row: Jessica Keihl, Hanover Area; Gabriella Conover, Meyers; Edoukou Aka-Ezoua, GAR; Alyssa Conner, Wyoming Valley West; Amanda Jimcosky, Northwest Area, Aaliyah Massey, Coughlin; and Haley Dudeck, Coughlin. Fourth row: Matthew Yatison, Pittston Area; Tiana Kilbourn, Wyoming Area; and Nikki Zula, Hanover Area. Fifth row: Christopher Mylott, Wyoming Valley West; William Richardson, GAR; Austin Gray, Nanticoke Area; Kevin Fahey, Hanover Area; Steven Miller, Wyoming Valley West; David Keller, Northwest Area; and Trent Gray, Nanticoke Area. Also graduating was Kaitlyn McGuire, Pittston Area.