By Sandra Rose  | 

Erica Mena Commencement

Love & Hip Hop: NY star and businesswoman Erica Mena surprised the graduates of Unity Center for Urban Technologies by giving a commencement speech recently. According to a press release, Erica gave a passionate speech encouraging students to learn from her televised mistakes; while stressing the importance of chasing their dreams no matter the financial obstacles and negativity faced.

“We love Erica, myself and the student body can relate to HER story full heartedly! What she did for us today, will be remembered forever,” said Simone Dixon, senior class vice president, who invited Erica to speak.

Erica Mena Commencement Address

During the speech Erica touched on her life, revealing she hadn’t received her diploma, but was inspired to do so after this revolutionary experience. She also shared other parts of her life as a mother, entrepreneur, model and creative before ending her speech.

“As you go through life, you’re going to make mistakes, but it’s not the mistake that counts, its how you bounce back! I’m not proud at the route I chose, but because of it I can stand before you today and deliver these words of wisdom. Learn from my story and remember life is what you make it. Where you’re from does not determine where you’re going. You are the creator of your destiny,” said Erica.

The financially restricted High School is mainly comprised of underprivileged minority students who weren’t able to enjoy prom due to the institutions lack of funds. When asked to attend, Erica saw the opportunity as chance to uplift spirits and grant students an alternative experience they would remember for years to come.

Source: Alicia Gooding and Jade Norfleet | The Code of NYC

  • San ah make ya dance

    I would have boycotted her a$$. Bish can't tell my shyt and wouldn't have been able too then

  • San ah make ya dance

    *me

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    :blink:

  • Beta

    They just letting any ole body do commencements huh :tea:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

    She gave the ICDC commencement speech... How nice :tea:

  • pointhimout

    how? and what was she doing the whole time? mother****** this, ***k you, bitch, bitch, congratulations you son of b*****, you are the mother****** future, you hear me? and to all my heaux out here, you dont gotta be loyal. we don't owe them ****. get cho money.

    #fail

  • MrsL

    Interesting choice... :think:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Well at least she trying I guess :huh:

  • luVn_liFe…

    :blink:
    Girl go sat on a dyke and STFU

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

    I'm on mobile and can't see well. Does she have on a dress with the sides cut out? :huh: I'd demand a tuition refund. She wore her hoe dress to they graduation :facepalm: How dreadful

  • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

    Ummmmm but she still doing the same mistakes .... On tv... For some shine... :lol:

  • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    @ pointhimout: I keep telling you kids those reality shows are scripted.

  • San ah make ya dance

    :blink:
    Girl go sat on a dyke and STFU
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    :thankyou:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

    God bless those students (no prom?) :no: I pray they can improve their lives/situations through education :pray:

    no comment on Erica

  • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

    Who the hell still wears white forces A baby or your old school uncle. If you don’t know nothing about shoes just don’t even comment
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    So only Charlie Wilson can wear 'em now? :hahaha:

  • San ah make ya dance

    So only Charlie Wilson can wear ‘em now?
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    Hell yea, I prolly wouldn't blink if my daddy wore them. I would still shake my head tho :no:

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    A commencement speech full of grammatical errors from a high school dropout reality star with a violent temper. That's rich. Poor chirren stay losing. Wishing them all luck.

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    San ah make ya dance says:

    I would have boycotted her a$$. Bish can’t tell my shyt and wouldn’t have been able too then
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    not if you graduated from Unity Center for Urban Technologies. wtf is a urban technology anyway?

    Urban Technology = doing sew-ins on your porch, bagging up weed, and making crack from scratch with just the right amount of baking soda

    they probably had a hologram of Steebie give the speech last year.

  • luVn_liFe…

    :chase: Mistake aint you meeting hubby at the mall to win that belt?
    Up in here stirring the pot

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    Guess I'm the only one who feels like she made good points. Oh well.

  • San ah make ya dance

    Mistaken the one got me going off :hahaha: Made it personal and shyt

  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=663758563679083 VDot

    Who booked her? :waiting: Like frfr. Let me go google this alleged school...probably graduation class of 3

  • San ah make ya dance

    not if you graduated from Unity Center for Urban Technologies. wtf is a urban technology anyway?

    Urban Technology = doing sew-ins on your porch, bagging up weed, and making crack from scratch with just the right amount of baking soda

    they probably had a hologram of Steebie give the speech last year.
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    :dead:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

    :think: I think I dislike @User. :rolleyes: :hahaha:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

    No male out of high school should wear brightly colored sneakers – so childish to me… graduate to some all white forces or a pair of dress shoes… dress your dang age – I mean you Mello, Mayweather, and that preacher man who came out in Camo pants
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    Who the hell still wears white forces   A baby or your old school uncle. If you don’t know nothing about shoes just don’t even comment 
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    I had to bring this upstairs :rofl: seriously the most accurate sn on the planet

    But for dudes just rock some regular Nikes, maybe under armor tennis shoes or a casual shoe (non athletic) once you get of a certain age

  • Lady_L

    wow......no words......

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    missyJ says:

    I’m on mobile and can’t see well. Does she have on a dress with the sides cut out? I’d demand a tuition refund
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    now you reaching. they probably take EBT in the bursar's office

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpImj7RI0Rc Man, I just don’t care™

    Speech actually sounded pretty good. And Erica finer than a motherphucka so I know people was tuned in to what she was saying and chit. :yes:

    Now, watch some busted mofo come in here and say Erica is "average."
    :rofl:

  • Lady_L

    pointhimout says:

    how? and what was she doing the whole time? mother****** this, ***k you, bitch, bitch, congratulations you son of b*****, you are the mother****** future, you hear me? and to all my heaux out here, you dont gotta be loyal. we don’t owe them ****. get cho money.

    #fail

  • San ah make ya dance

    But for dudes just rock some regular Nikes, maybe under armor tennis shoes or a casual shoe (non athletic) once you get of a certain age
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    :yes: Yep 45 maybe 40 Idk yet :lol:

  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=663758563679083 VDot

    Simone Dixon, senior class vice president

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    Simone, you're responsible for this?! :huh:

    Wait, this is a high school?!?!?! :facepalm:

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake says:

    Guess I’m the only one who feels like she made good points. Oh well.
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    Good points are good. But this is totally a do as a I say not as I do situation. Sadly many of the young ladies will aspire to do what she has shown them for 3 seasons and don't give a damn what she's saying about taking another path. Too bad Yandy or Tara the college grads couldn't give the speech.

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    @man Erica is a cute girl. Its her crazy ways I have a problem with.

  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=663758563679083 VDot

    they probably had a hologram of Steebie give the speech last year.

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    :ghost:

  • Trendsetter

    Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake says:

    Guess I’m the only one who feels like she made good points. Oh well.

    _________________

    :cosign:

  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=663758563679083 VDot

    Erica is a pretty hoodrat :chickenhead: :yes:

    Nice build a bear body and everythang :yes:

  • Trendsetter

    Erica is baddddd!

  • SuthernBelle4

    I feel so sad for these young babies, they really though Erica Mena was a good choice? Lawd help us... Auntie can we get some pics of Kelendria and her cute baby bump? ????

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    @bird I love you but are you serious? Yandy? Miss I married a drug dealer and bailed his no job having assout of jail? If she was quita from down the block, she would get no props.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpImj7RI0Rc Man, I just don’t care™

    I want some red sneakers so bad!

  • SuthernBelle4

    Erica looks like she stinks????

  • luVn_liFe…

    Just read Hanks back at home w/kendra and they're going to work out their problems

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    If we all want to be honest, not one soul from LAHH should be trying to tell anyone anything. At all.

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    Too bad Yandy or Tara the college grads couldn’t give the speech.
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    or that greasy girl tht Tami put her paws on. what was her name again? :think: she actually had a real career and a husband--no wonder they got rid of her so fast.

  • San ah make ya dance

    Man, I just don't care™ says:

    I want some red sneakers so bad!
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    :warning: Are you over the age of 18

  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=663758563679083 VDot

    Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake says:
    Guess I’m the only one who feels like she made good points. Oh well.

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    I mean, I guess. It for sure wasn't anything groundbreaking. Basically bounce back from your mistakes and don't do as me. :shrug: That's inspiring...I guess :confused:

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    @luvin Kendra better than me. :no:

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    Man, I just don't care™ says:

    Now, watch some busted mofo come in here and say Erica is “average.”
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    Hey, I already tole yall I done saw the girl in person and she's drop dead gorgi. Looked dang near angelic with her perfect makeup. Unfortunately all that glitters ain't gold.

  • Momma I made it!!!

    f we all want to be honest, not one soul from LAHH should be trying to tell anyone anything. At all.

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    :cosign:

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    @vdot I would not call it inspiring....but at least she knows she is crazy and is trying to not have people be like her. That's what I got out of it.

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    luVn_liFe... says:

    Just read Hanks back at home w/kendra and they’re going to work out their problems
    ______________________________

    I really cant see why not. she seems like she would be into that freaky stuff. no telling what Hugh Hefner had her doing. :vomit:

  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=663758563679083 VDot

    I feel so sad for these young babies, they really though Erica Mena was a good choice?

    _______________

    That's the worst part of the situation. That they really related to her and admired her. Chit's scary.

  • luVn_liFe…

    @MAN
    those dope red ones are going for $900; its bean brought to our attention if ur out of high school
    You prolly should not wear them

  • San ah make ya dance

    She could've said what she said on VH1

  • OpinionHated

    Damn ghetto azz school - Erica bad attitude Mena is gonna uplift your kids... I eat chipolte flavored puccee is supposed to empower students...

  • luVn_liFe…

    @KeKe
    Kendr is better than u/me both.
    I would physically assualt his ass every time I looked at him
    :nono:

  • SuthernBelle4

    Lol @OpinionHated, oh Lordt

    I stand by my word, Erica Mena looks like she has a BO

  • SuthernBelle4

    Kendra knew that man liked it up his poop shoot, she probably straps on. She's just felt some kind of way getting blasted in the media

  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=663758563679083 VDot

    :newpost:

    How yall gonna say that girls puss smell like Chipotle?! Just wrong! :lol:

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake says:

    @bird I love you but are you serious? Yandy? Miss I married a drug dealer and bailed his no job having assout of jail? If she was quita from down the block, she would get no props.
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    Chile boo! I ain't got no love for Yandy's poor decision making. Let us not forget that me and her got into it because I said Mandeecees needs to try to stay out of prison for his family. But if you gotta use one of those reality chicks for a commencement speech a college grad would be a better choice than a high school dropout
    who doesn't know how to act.

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    Urban Technology? :think: Erica Mena :think:

    is it a school for thot arts? im starting to put 2 and 2 together and I think its a school for hoes on how to improve your craft. gots to be. aint no other explanation.

    they giving em degrees in :blow: now? which leads me to the smizing boy thats hugged up in that picture. he must be the test subject. thts why his ass so dam happy.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

    :rofl: @San

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    Chile boo! I ain’t got no love for Yandy’s poor decision making. Let us not forget that me and her got into it because I said Mandeecees needs to try to stay out of prison for his family.
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    How did I forget that!? :hahaha: my fault. :hug:

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    luVn_liFe... says:

    Just read Hanks back at home w/kendra and they’re going to work out their problems
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    Their problems being who is going to keep the house and who takes what and how much support Kendra gone get? Ain't no cure for hubby liking peen.

  • Momma I made it!!!

    Kendra knew that man liked it up his poop shoot, she probably straps on. She’s just felt some kind of way getting blasted in the media

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    and I semi cosign with this it maybe the fact that she was put on blast or the fact it wasnt her doing it!!!

  • http://www.globalcallingsolutions.com zurishay

    My friends son graduated from there and posted pics with Erica on line. Sad sad day when someone like her is chosen to gove a graduation speech.

  • Phones

    I am really trying to understand having reality stars make commencement speeches to young people graduating high school. Is there no one in their community that can do it? The majority of them didn't even graduate high school. Then there are the ones who have a good enough degree (GED). These kids are going to think being successful is being ratchet.

  • Hershey

    Eye think Erica giving the speech was brilliant :yes: Mona is reaching her target audience, making her look less ratchet and making coins all the way to the bank. Next school will want Heauxsaleen to speak and Mimi and Nikko on the error of fckng while hanging from a curtain rod on tape :tea:

  • BadNewzBiddy

    this story is as awkward as paying for gas with EBT.
    What the hell???