The 2019 graduating class of the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy were probably more than a little excited to have musical icon Pharrell Williams as their graduation speaker, but they got an extra surprise when Williams offered them more than some wise words.
In a surprise announcement, the 10-time Grammy winner Pharrell offered all 114 high schoolers graduating from the New York charter school a summer internship.
As tension mounted Williams slowly drew it out, saying calmly:
â€śSo let me be clear: For every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteedâ€¦an internship waiting for themâ€¦youâ€¦next summer.â€ť
The students immediately rose to their feet cheering upon hearing the news.
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Great! â€“ RP @uptowngrandcentral â€“ Â“So let me be clear: Every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed an internship waiting for them next summer,Â” commencement speaker @Pharrell Williams told the graduates of Harlem ChildrenÂ’s Zone Promise Academy @harlemchildrenszone this past Wednesday. â€¦ All 114 students have received acceptance letters to colleges and universities across the country. Â“ItÂ’s not every day folks see a school of black and brown children who have closed the achievement gap,Â” said HCZ CEO Anne Williams-Isom @msannehcz. â€¦ #Harlem #EastHarlem #ElBarrio #125thStreet #HarlemChildrensZone #Pharrell #Graduation #Happy
Williams expressed his desire to be part of â€śa new Harlem Renaissanceâ€ť and shared a photo of himself with the proud graduates.
We are in the midst of the new Harlem Renaissance with education at its core. Which is why Iâ€™ve promised an internship next summer for every student of the @hczorg Promise Academy #ClassOf2019, all of whom were accepted to college. đźŚŤđź’›đź™ŹđźŹľ pic.twitter.com/P9IcvVA69a— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 27, 2019
h/t: BuzzFeed News