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Join Community College of Philadelphia's Reentry Support Project for their 2018 Spring Ceremony

Join Community College of Philadelphia's Reentry Support Project Thursday, May 10th, at 3:00pm for a celebration of higher education achievement among the city's residents with criminal records!

In 2017, Community Legal Services (CLS) published "Opening Doors: How Philadelphia Area Colleges Can Promote Access & Equity by ‘Banning the Box.’" In this report, CLS reveals the many post-secondary institutions in the region that require individuals to disclose past contact with the criminal justice system on their applications, despite the fact that “[r]esearch has shown that asking about records on college applications is not related to increasing safety on campus.” Instead, it often “prevent[s] people with records from completing applications and enrolling in school.”

During the Reentry Support Project’s Spring 2018 ceremony, we will not only celebrate the accomplishments of our students with criminal records, but ALL Philadelphia residents who have served time behind bars and who are enrolled in college or who have completed one or more degrees!

We strongly encourage any individual who has been incarcerated and who is working on a college degree or who has earned his or her degree to join us regardless of the school you attend/attended!

General Event Information

  • Date: Thursday May 10th

  • Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

  • Location: Community College of Philadelphia Center for Business and Industry (CBI) located at 18th and Callowhill. Room C2-28

  • Entrance: You must have valid State ID, driver’s license, or passport to enter any CCP building

  • Directions: The CBI building is located on the corner of 18th and Callowhill. If you turn right from Callowhill onto 18th, there is a covered parking garage for approx. $6.50 – space should be available that day. The garage can also be accessed from 17th St. Kiosk parking may also be available in the immediate area.

Program Highlights

This semester's Student Achievement Ceremony will be run by students who will serve in all speaking roles.Speakers will include students who are graduating this semester and those who have graduated and gone on to complete additional education. Jym Baker, a Reentry Support Project student, Spring 2018 graduate, and community activist will serve as the event host. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of the College’s and the Reentry Support Project’s community partners.


We hope you will consider attending this special event. Please RSVP by email to

Read the full CLS report here


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