New York City, New York Mar 8, 2022 (  – The tech training nonprofit ​NPower has announced Vittorio Cretella, Chief Information Officer for Proctor & Gamble and NPower board member, will be the commencement speaker at this year’s virtual graduation ceremony honoring young adults and veterans trainees who completed the program.

The virtual graduation ceremony for the Fall 2021 cohort will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at 7 pm ET. More than 350 young adults and military trainees from Brooklyn, Harlem, Jersey City, Newark, Baltimore, Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and San Jose will be honored.

Families, partners, and alumni who would like to watch the virtual ceremony can RSVP here. 

Cretella said his commencement speech will include personal stories from his rise at Proctor & Gamble (P&G) that he believes will inspire the next generation of tech leaders.

“This semester’s graduating class has overcome many obstacles to secure their spot with NPower,” said Cretella. “And it’s just the beginning. I plan to share stories from many obstacles I faced in my rise through the corporate ranks, and I know it won’t be unique for them. We are all here together to inspire change and bring more diversity to tech.”

Cretella has spent more than 29 years working in the technology industry. He joined Procter & Gamble (P&G) in 2020 as CIO where he led a global team of thousands of IT professionals, who accelerated product innovation alongside retail partners. 

Prior to P&G, Cretella worked in various global roles at Mars for 26 years, including Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As CIO, Cretella was responsible for IT services to more than 80,000 employees across 100+ countries. As CTO, he led 600 associates through implementing and monitoring IT infrastructure. 

Cretella also has served as a Principal for VCAdvisory, where he worked as an independent advisor to global CPG and logistics companies. He has been on the NPower Board of Directors since 2016. 

This is the fourth NPower class to transition from an in-person to a virtual learning environment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first virtual graduation was in August 2020. 

Alexandria Jones of Michigan was a young mother who dropped out of college. After losing her job at a call center during the pandemic, she looked for opportunities to create a better life for herself and child. She completed the NPower program and now works as an IT Programmer Analyst for the State of Michigan.

“NPower literally met the needs of everything I was looking to do,” said Jones. “My time at NPower opened my eyes to opportunities and possibilities in the IT field, and life, that I honestly never saw myself capable of since I didn’t have a formal education in technology. Now I do.”

NPower will continue its virtual training model throughout 2022. Applicants can apply now on the NPower website. The next class starts in Summer 2022. Young adults, ages 18-26, and military veterans and their spouses can apply to the Fall 2022 class by clicking here.

About NPower

NPower is a national nonprofit that is committed to advancing race and gender equity in the tech industry through skills training, real-world experience, support, and mentorships. The organization has helped young adults from underserved communities and veterans move from poverty to the middle class by training them with a range of tech skills and placing them in quality jobs.

Students who enter the free, six-month training program, earn industry-recognized certifications and graduate with the competencies of an IT professional with one to two years of experience.

NPower also places students in paid internships with corporate and nonprofit organizations. Eighty percent of NPower graduates get a full-time job or continue their education. Not only is NPower changing life trajectories for individuals from vulnerable communities, but they are also strengthening the overall competitiveness of U.S. businesses hamstrung by today’s limited pool of IT talent.

Here is a closer look at the students and military veterans being honored at this year’s virtual graduation ceremony.

Los Angeles

Elijah Acevedo-Etherton

Jason Alvarez

Lawrence Caballes

Kyle Guevara

Tyra Haynes

Joseph Hernandez

Tony Hurtado

RhaQuan Johnson

Kelly Melendez

Panida Nakarangkul

 Jordan Pamintuan

 Daniel Pino

 Dack Powell

 Ben Riley

 Venette Tagoc

Guinevere Washington-Tinga

Malia Williams

San Jose

Elizabeth Leon Balseiro

Celeste  Barajas

Andy Barajas

Alexi Campos

Katrina Dang

Jenna Dare

Robert Davis

Sebastian Delira

Jonathan Dinh

Mariah Dixon

Jonathan Duenas

Miguel Flaquer

Daniel  G

Michael Gonzales

Isaac Govain

Briun Greene

Rogger Gutierrez

Josue Herrera

Eurek Hinds

Steve Hoang

Kristine Huynh

Belinda  Ingraham

Gerald Ingraham

Sami  Jamal

Freddie Kenebrew

Jinyoung Kim

Nicolas Lachnit

John Langit

Sammie Lewis

Jazminn Lopez

Alejandro Lopez

Tavis Macalino

Sarah Mai

Elisiva Maka

Kevin Martinez

Paul Medina

Marissa Mendoza

Ousseyou Niang

Dustin Nunez

Brian O

Jeremiah Oliva

Esteban Ornelas

Layola Page

Su Wan Park

Marl Pasibe

William Peeks

Omar Reyes

Betty Rivera

Tanya Robinson

Erwyll Rodriguez

Shalvin Sharma

Sabrina Tanabe

Nicholas Thomas

Dhruv Varma

Christopher Wesle


Temidayo Adeleke

Brandon Agugoesi

Noe Amaya

Antoine Anderson

Emmanuel Ashekun

Waheed Ashiru

Brayan Benitez

Andruw Brown

Jamaal Brown

Karina  Brummell

Suriya  Buckman

Jessica Castellon

Michael Chase

Gregory Emony

Samirah Franklin

Anthony Gary

Javon Harris

Jordan Harris

Trevor Hunter

Madison Hutson

Jermaih Jacks

Mary Jackson

Davon Johnson

Devin Johnson

Keon Johnson

Khary Lemon

Umar Lopez

Tania Macharia

Damien Manalo

William Marlow

Brian McClintock

Rasheena McConneaughey

Brionna Mcdaniels

Nico McNair

Terry Morris Jr

Neil Moturi

Mikayla Pack

Nigel Parker

Daijah  Plate

Brinay  Prashain Prasai

Lealon Pratt

Atmanand Ramgolam

Christopher Rennie

Norton Revell

Latarsia WyKeela Robinson Maxie

Patrysha Rolle

Angel Romo

Jeremie Sanders

Vincent Short

Clinton Smith Jr

Sahid Suma Suma

Natnael Tesfay

Jonathan Wright


​​Adam Abbas

Tayonna Botello

Perrion Boyd

Jaleel Boyd

Javon Carr

Tyler Chang

Mohamed Elarbi

Joshua Horvath

Kimari Howard

Matthew Jackson

Lydell   Jackson

Kendra Johnson

Taylor  Jones

Aaliyah Kayum

Ali Khalil

Andrew Love

Esha Rhethu Mohan Vijayakumar

Abdul  Muhammad

Chris Nelson

Koran Phillips

Brianna Plair

Jordan Posey

Tariq Reid

Ian Riggins-Jones

Joseph Shamus

Abul Shordar

Ahmani Simpson

Alexander Spurlock

Ashley Williams

Tahrim  Zaman


Olabidemi Animashaun

Maurice Black Jr.

Kenneth Campbell

Savian Campbell

Rei Celaj

Jana Chavez

Tunda Christian

Kurtis Culver

Justice Grayes

Michael Grimes

Royanna Hamilton

Eve Hill

Keegan Holtgrieve

Lucas  Kay

Chyle Kluttz

Keyon Knighten

Jared Long

Ramsha Mirza

Javan  Mitchell

Madison Monroy

Loise Njeri Mwaura

Nicholas Picato

Wendall Post

Vincent Priante

Jaila Primm

Milton Roberts

Jarod Rodgers

Rebecca Ross

Elshaday Tadesse

Marquis Taylor

Airiana Teply

Tiffany Watkins

Shanno Williams

Damon Willis

​​New Jersey

Adesola Sanni-Thomas 

Airat Azeez

Alyssa Madarang

Anaitzel Masmela-Gomez

Andrew Bartolone

Andrew Boyce

Andrew Golson

Brandon Belvedere

Bryan Bravo

Cameron Clarke

Carlos Velazquez

Casmira Nelson

Christian Castillo 

Daniel Mercik

Daniel Raines

Demar Simms

Dyanell Stokes

Earl Millard

Errol Vega

Frantzy Silien

Gabriel Estrella

Ganesh Persaud

Giuliana Gonzalez

Guerby D’Haiti

Hamza Rana

Jeremiah Cardenas

Jeremiah Holman

Joan Calzado

Jonathan Weinstein

Joshua Gonzalez

Junior Clarke

Justin Batson

Kevin Andiappen

Khalil Fleming

Kieth Dewanamuni

Kyle I White

Marc Cardona

Michael Mahabir

Michael Ortiz

Muhammad Faruque

Muhammad Sohaib Ejaz

Nina Scuorzo

Brooklyn, New York

Fairuz Aishi

Nicholas Ayala

Dondre Blake

Wayne Chan

Kevin Copantila

Chantell Eng

Curvia Georges

Iris Gray

Alan Hernandez

Kevin Huang

Muhammad Ibrar

Mushfiqul Islam

Maxaruth Jean-Baptiste

Joshua Lewis

Jason Liang

Myles Louissaint

Faustino Malena

Nicari Miranda

William Orama

Justin Ramos

Brian Santiago

Kent Suarez

Janely Tecotl

Jared Wells

Teresa Zheng

Harlem, New York

Marcus Ade

Kwaku Adjei

Shahzad Ahmad

Erhime Akpoghorie

Marcia Albarracin

Josiah Alexander

Corey Allow

Yessirath Assani

Oumy  Badine

Ema Begum

Isaiah Borges

Moorgan Bradley

Jayvon Bramble

Chyon  Burke

Paul Cambi

Andrew Cerna

Jia Chen

Andy Cheng

Luis Compres

Angel   Cornejo

Alexander Cruz

James  Cruz

Matthew Dennis

Kenny  Faroul

Alec Flores

Travion Francis

Fatoumata Gamby

Andrew Garcia

Sah Hanif

Cody Hensley

Aaliyah Ifill

Craig Kelly

Elvis Liao

David Liu

Gabriel Lopez

Janet Ludizaca

Enzo Mateo

Ashley Moran

Derick  Ortega

Maham Qureshi

Shah Rahman

Fernando Roque

Ethan Sam

John Sanchez

Matthew Santana

Saif Sayeed

Aristos Smirniotos

Givanna Tineo

Ericka Watson

Andy Zheng


Ademola Adejimi

Gabriel Adjetey

Michael Amoako

Kaori Aoki

Olatunde Asimiyu

Thomas Bowah

Joshua Brownlee

Alfred Dixon

Chibuzor Ekwuribe

Will Galey

Christian Garza

Robert Gunter

Kevin Hazzard

Criss Helms

Terry Holland

Myer Hunt

John Jones

Jami Jordan

Aaradhana Karki

David Kazadi

Anthony Manswell

Moses Ngaujah

Ricky Nguyen

Zooey Nguyen

Adewunmi Obasa

Patrick O’Neal

Deborah Parker

Brandon Rivera

Pravin Shrestha

Robert Smith Jr.

Sebastien Tchuidjang Tchouaha

Darin Thomas

Winfred Tsigbe

Zachary White

Julie Zoungrana

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