This year’s 2018 Latina graduates are celebrating their achievements by telling their profound stories of love, hope and familia. For many of the Latinas crossing the stage this year, getting to and through college was no easy feat, particularly because of the various obstacles institutions have set in their way. Still, in true #Latinapower, they persisted and now join this year’s group of graduates.
Here’s a look at nine Latinas graduating this year despite the odds that were stacked against them:
This UC Berkeley graduate had all of the thanks to give to her single mother.
“Your sacrifices and support are the reason for my achievement. This diploma is yours!” 👩🏽🎓 Dad I know you’re watching me from above. I wish you were still here to witness all the accomplishments I have made. Although you’ve been gone for 12 years, there isn’t a day that I don’t think about you. I know you’re proud of your baby girl. I miss you so much. ❤️ Mom I can’t describe how much I appreciate everything you have done for my siblings and I. Becoming a single parent after the death of my father and having to raise my sisters and I was tough, but you pulled through and did an amazing job! I look up to you so much and I hope to be half the woman you are. I appreciate all the sacrifices you have made and for being my number one supporter. I love you with all my heart.❤️ To my older sisters, thank you for always being supportive and for always providing me with words of encouragement when I most needed them. Thank you for believing that I was capable of doing it. As a first generation Latina I didn’t think I was capable of graduating from a rigorous school like UC Berkeley but here I am 3 days away from graduation. Everything that I have faced from undergoing 14 surgeries, to the loss of my father, has demonstrated how strong of a person I am. I’ve come to learn that everything happens for a reason but it will all be okay in the end. Forever grateful for the friends I’ve made and the experiences we have gone through. I did it!! 🎉 GO BEARS! 🐻💙💛 PC: @rojas_joel #ucberkeley #graduation #calgrad #berkeleypov #latinxgradcaps #latinagraduate #centralamerican
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Despite dealing with the death of her husband and having to raise kids on her own, this Latina’s mom found the strength to help her daughter get through school.
After having her scholarship stripped because of her undocumented status, this Latina’s parents worked around the clock to help her cross the stage.
When my school discovered I was undocumented, my scholarship & in-state tuition were taken away. I told my papi that I was going to drop out & work instead. My papi told me he’d cut his arm off before I dropped out. We made it work. Today I graduated & he’s why. #undocugrad pic.twitter.com/RwDuOe5xaF
— camila 🦋 (@camilaronipizza) May 5, 2018
Camila, the woman in the picture above, tweeted a photo of her embracing her father that went viral earlier this week.
After dropping out and giving birth to a son, this Latina went back to school and worked full time to give her son a better life.
Even more evidence that no matter how hard life gets, Latinas bounce back.
Decorated graduation caps always invoke some emotions, but this one will get you right in the feels.
When you see me flying, remember you both painted my wings. Thank you Mom & Dad! ❤️😘👨👩👧👦💞 #LoveMyParents #MyParentsaretheBest #Graduate #Latina #Pasadena #LA #LosAngeles #2018Graduate #POGraduation18 #GraduationCap #IamLatina #Blessed #PacificOaksCollege #BADegree #CaliforniaGirl #ReachfortheStars #IDidIt #LatinaGraduate #MySupporters #MyNumberOneFans #OrgullosamenteMexicana #LiveLoveLaugh
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For all of our ambitions, most of us are fortunate to have parents there to lift us up.
This Latina’s emotional story about her abuela’s immigration is just more proof that immigrants love the United States for all of its opportunities.
Graduation day was one of the most important days of my life. I made it through celebrations and ceremonies without crying, haha, until these moments pictured here. In April of 1971, my Abuela Fran was just 33 years old. 5 years previous, she had become a widow at the age of 28. Her husband, my grandpa, had been murdered in their village. Abuela, having 4 children to raise + support was urged by her Mom, my great-grandmother, Mama Luz, to immigrate to the United States. I often think of how my Abuela’s “yes” drastically changed the course for my generation. It was in the United States that my Abuela labored for 42 years in an entry-level job. Subsequently, my Dad and his brothers would immigrate to the United States. It was here, in this country that I love, that my Abuela came to know Jesus. It was here, in the land of the free, that my parents met and would later become naturalized citizens. It was here, that I, first-generation, Mexican-American, graduated from university. I did not just carry my dreams + aspirations this day. I also carried their dreams + aspirations. They planted dreams and watched as they grew from afar. Never underestimate the power of your “yes.” 🇲🇽♥️🇺🇸 #boisestategrad #firstgeneration #mexicanamerican #latinagraduate #classof2018 #celestesgrad #firstgeneration #latinaswhoblog #latinaswholead #astoldbywomen #porustedesyparaustedes #storiesofus
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Her abuela worked for 42 years in an entry-level job to help her children move to the United States so that their kids could raise U.S. college graduates.
Another graduate whose sole goal in graduating was to give back to her mother and provide a better life for her.
My graduation doesn’t fall on Mother’s Day but I’m giving my mom an early Mother’s Day gift of me walking down that stage and hoping one day she won’t need to work anymore. I’m gonna provide everything she needs as she has done for me these past 22years. #firstgeneration pic.twitter.com/2tVnVdGzZp
— Vané🌻 (@Nesssser221) May 7, 2018
“I’m gonna provide everything she needs as she has done for me these past 22years.” #quierollorar
This Afro-Latina is a reminder that some of us might be #firstgen, but we won’t be the last.
— Melissa🇨🇺🇵🇦 (@melthemag) May 11, 2018
Every year, hundreds of thousands of Latinas turn their graduation tassels to the other sides of their caps. Can’t wait for more!
Can’t wait to see the amazing things this Latina does for Latinxs to come.
I DID IT! 👩🏽🎓⚖️🎉
✅ Law School 📚⚖️🎓
✅ Dream job representing courageous immigrant women & girls 👩🏽👧🏽⚖️✊🏽
— Karla Perez (@Karla_QP) May 11, 2018
We👏 need 👏 more👏Latinas 👏in law 👏and 👏STEM!
No graduation story about a dad can be delivered without a stream of tears.
My dad once told me since he never got an education, all he wanted for me is to get what he didn’t so he crossed the border. Thank you papi, this is for you. 🇸🇻 #firstgeneration #CentralAmericanTwitter pic.twitter.com/dKSiB58cYV
— Mayra (@mayr_uh) May 4, 2018
Because can you really help yourself from thinking about all of the work your papa put into making sure that you got to where you are today?
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