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NYU’s Prison Education Program First Graduation Ceremony at Wallkill Correctional Facility

Jason Flom, CEO of Lava Records, advisory board member of NYU PEP and recipient of the After Now Service Award, addresses the audience at the first graduation ceremony of the New York University Prison Education Program (NYU PEP) at Wallkill Correctional Facility, October 12, 2017. NYU PEP is a college program that offers credit-bearing courses and educational programming leading to an Associate of Arts Degree from New York University in Liberal Studies to men incarcerated at Wallkill Correctional Facility, located in Ulster County, New York. (Credit: Kate Lord / New York University)

Jason Flom, CEO of Lava Records, advisory board member of NYU PEP and recipient of the After Now Service Award, addresses the audience at the first graduation ceremony of the New York University Prison Education Program (NYU PEP) at Wallkill Correctional Facility, October 12, 2017. NYU PEP is a college program that offers credit-bearing courses and educational programming leading to an Associate of Arts Degree from New York University in Liberal Studies to men incarcerated at Wallkill Correctional Facility, located in Ulster County, New York. (Credit: Kate Lord / New York University)

On October 13th, 2017, NYU’s Prison Education Program awarded associate’s degrees in Liberal Studies to the first graduates of the Program: Ryan Burrell, Roy Burvick, Danis Flores, Khalan Pendelton, and Vincent Thompson. NYU President Andrew Hamilton was on hand at the Wallkill Correctional Facility to hand out the diplomas and to offer congratulations. Gallatin Dean Susanne L. Wofford and PEP Faculty Director Nikhil Singh also spoke at the event and celebrated the inaugural class.

The NYU Prison Education Program awarded Jason Flom with a NYU PEP service award to recognize his significant contribution to the field of re-entry for prisoners.

View more images from the graduation here and learn more about PEP on the Program’s site.