Spring Celebration

The annual Spring Celebration provides an opportunity for mentors, family members, and scholarship donors to celebrate graduating senior mentees’ hard work and achievements.


Congratulations to the TeamMates Class of 2022!

Zaria holds up her graduation certificate of achievement and scholarships.

On April 28, Lincoln TeamMates held Spring Celebration for the 108 members of the graduating class of 2022 at UNL’s Willa Cather Dining Complex, Red Cloud Room. 

Mentees and their mentors, school facilitators, and families gathered to celebrate and hear well-wishes from their principals, Coach Tom Osborne, and LPS Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel. The highlight for many was our featured speakers, Zavier, Catherine and Cadan, all soon-to-be Lincoln TeamMates graduates from schools across the city. 

Each graduate received a commemorative medal and certificate of accomplishment. Jim Bennett, Coordinator of Lincoln TeamMates said, “I wish you could have seen their faces as they approached me to receive their medals. It was really special.”

Featured speakers Cadan, Catherine, and Zavier shared their strengths and growth.

In addition, 27 seniors received scholarships sponsored by community partners. Three of those seniors were featured speakers. Each of them shared their triumphs, strengths and the growth they have experienced in partnership with their caring mentors. Videos of their speeches can be found here.

Tori (left) receives a scholarship from donor Gus Dornbusch (right).
Mentors were asked to describe their mentees in three words. The larger the word, the more times mentors mentioned it.

Soon, 108 Lincoln TeamMates mentees will cross the stage in graduation ceremonies across Lincoln to receive their diplomas. Each one has a mentor like you beside them cheering them on.

Mentors are welcome to attend their mentee’s graduation ceremony if invited by their mentee. Please see the schedule below.

Bryan Community Focus Program – Thursday, May 26 at 6pm at East High School
East High School – Friday, May 27 at 6pm at Pinnacle Bank Arena
Lincoln High School – Saturday, May 28 at 8:30am at Pinnacle Bank Arena
North Star High School – Sunday, May 29 at 3:30pm at Pinnacle Bank Arena
Northeast High School – Saturday, May 28 at 3:30pm at Pinnacle Bank Arena
Pius X High School – Sunday, May 22 at 1:30pm at Pius X High School
Southeast High School – Saturday, May 28 at 12:00pm at Pinnacle Bank Arena
Southwest High School – Sunday, May 29 at 12:00pm at Pinnacle Bank Arena
Yankee Hill Education Center – Thursday, May 19 at 9:00am at Yankee Hill Education Center


To view previous Spring Celebration speakers, please visit our Past Spring Celebrations page.