Graupman, executive director of the International Institute of Minnesota, received the Community Partner of the Year Award. Khaliq, a community activist, business owner, former NAACP-St. Paul Branch president, retired St. Paul fire fighter and former St. Paul City Council interim councilman received the Alumnus of the Year Award.
Various friends, family members, colleagues, dignitaries and well-wishers were there to acknowledge and applaud the two who have given of themselves for the benefit of others. Speakers and award presenters included Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd, college president, Friends of St. Paul College Foundation board member, Mary Shearen, St. Paul mayor, Chris Coleman, Twin Cities United Way senior vice president, Meghan Barp and the director of the Office of Early Learning for the Minnesota Department of Education, Melvin Carter, III.
A memorable moment in the program was Khaliq's heartfelt tribute to his wife, Victoria Davis, which generated lively cheers and a thunderous round of applause.