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22 #Immigrad Graduation Caps That No Dummy Can Ignore

Dreamers and Latinx students are graduating college, and graduate programs all across the country this month y la raza is celebrating them. They have something to say about their experience in this America, and we’re here to see how they transform our society and achieve their dreams!

Oh, and they know how to design graduation caps. Mirálo and hear their stories.

1. “Hija de Immigrants”

CREDIT: @roxannatorres / Instagram

Caption: “The violence. The negligence. The alcohol addiction. the school drop outs. Incarceration. Deportation. The sadness. The cycle ENDS here. I did it. WE did it mommy and sibs. My mother was the first to invest in me and my siblings, and for that, I will forever be thankful.”


2. “Job Stealing Mexican.”

CREDIT: @wokevegana / Instagram

Latino enrollment in college is at the highest it’s ever been, and while cost still remains an obstacle for many Latinos, we’re still stealing the show.

3. “I drink and I know things.”

CREDIT: @Tobi_GCJ / Twitter

Some grads decided to tell it like it is on their caps. Y’know, I believe him. I definitely hit the books and bottles equally as hard when I was a college student.

4. “Por ustedes. Para ustedes.”

CREDIT: @talkingtrashley / Instagram

Others used their caps as a way to pay tribute to their community and the people who came before them.

Translation: (Because of) you. For you.

5. For my mother, who crossed borders so that I can be here!

CREDIT: @mig_sanc / Instagram

Caption: “Proud son of immigrants, proud immigrant myself. In only 6 days I will be graduating with the highest honors distinction at Western Oregon University (Summa Cum Laude) with a GPA of 3.92. This has been an adventure full of barriers but after 5 years, I will be able to obtain two degrees (B.S and B.A) with a full ride scholarship that has allowed me to graduate debt free.”

6. “We were born to defeat and not to be defeated.”

CREDIT: @_miichdelriio_ / Instagram

Caption: “One of the parts of my identity that I am most proud of is that I am a 1st generation immigrant. When I came here 20 years ago, my teachers & classmates thought I was mute because for the 1st 6 months of being in the U.S. I refused to speak to anyone unless it was in Spanish. There was a kid that used to tease me for not knowing the language & in very Michelle fashion, some of my 1st words in english were used to defend myself & call him a chicken?

On May 19th, I will graduate with 2 bachelor’s degrees from Southern Methodist University, one of which will be in English, with distinction?✨

This is for my parents. Everything I have accomplished & everything I will continue to accomplish in the future is because of the sacrifices, courage, support, & hard work they have done on behalf of my brothers & I. Who they are & all they do for us is the definition of love.

This is for my people & for all of the oppressed. I will use the opportunities I have been given to fight for us & to create spaces that include and cater to us, especially in the field of mental health as a clinical psychologist.

Congratulations to all graduates of 2018, especially the p.o.c., especially the 1st gens & the children of immigrants. Nacimos para vencer y no para ser vencidos-we were born to defeat & not to be defeated✊???? #latinxgrad#latinxgradcaps”

7. “Paciencia y Fe” plus, un dibujo of her abuelxs :’)

CREDIT: @jmoreyyyno / Instagram

Caption: “5 Years. From being denied in-state tuition, to being a part time student and full time employee + theatre, to being granted in-state tuition and finally attending VCU and learning from one of the top undergrad costume design programs in the country, and finally graduating and attending grad school in the fall. I am thankful for my friends and family, and abuelxs that have always looked over me and encouraged me to continue in my studies. Just 9 more days until graduation. Paciencia y Fe.”

8. Some quoted John Lennon.

CREDIT: @pinchefemenista / Instagram

That line didn’t pack as big a punch as this cap and it’s drawing does though. Just think of all the generational labor it took for every single Latino in the U.S. to be here. And then to graduate college. We owe all this to our antepasados.

9. “Immigrad #HeretoSLAY”

CREDIT: @defineamerican / Instagram

You know how all immigrants are #heretostay? Well these beauty school graduates will also be slaying. Thanks you for making America beautiful again.

10. I would pay MAGA people to have a chat with these wise grads.

CREDIT: @mrsbennifield / Instagram

Here are the rules though:

  1. No yelling.
  2. Use full sentences only.
  3. Don’t be rude.

11. “Before they forget us, we will make history.”

CREDIT: @cristi_0092

And while much of our country is made on the backs of undocumented immigrants, Latinos are finally at the writing table of history. We have to keep supporting our Dreamers, because it looks like there’s still a fight ahead. #Drumpf

12. Of course, la caida de Edgar got a nod on graduation day.

CREDIT: @lazeallday / instagram

Caption: “Had to honor the childhood video that captured my undergrad experience, gracias Edgar ? #LatinxGradCaps”

13. “First my daughters, and now me.”

CREDIT: @natvxo / Instagram

Let’s not forget our less traditional grads. If I had a hat, I’d throw it in air for you, for being a shining example to your daughters and daughters everywhere. ?

14. Many grads were the first in their family to earn a college degree.

CREDIT: @ii.d.a.l.ii_.a / Instagram

Caption: “Master’s degree ✔ Para mis padres. Literally poured my ❤ into this cap. #latinxgrad #latinxgradcaps#primerageneracion #firstgeneration#educatedwoman”

15. And where there is fight, todavía, we find beauty.

CREDIT: @ninashandcrafted / Instagram

Caption: “There’s always beauty in the fight. Thank you to my parents and my loved ones.”

16. “I don’t study to know more, but to ignore less.”

CREDIT: @michiquitatmf / Instagram

Yo no estudio para saber más, sino para ignorar menos. THIS. THIS. THIS. ??

17. Then, there are los mujeres who live to stick it to The Man.

CREDIT: @marianaajimenezz / Instagram

?? WE ?? ARE ?? HERE ?? FOR ?? IT!!

18. Y’know, she asks a very valid question.

CREDIT: @calendow / Instagram

Caption: “To all the #Dreamers, #undocugrads, and #immigrads; to all the children of mixed status families who have crossed borders and are now crossing the stage this weekend, you are what makes this country strong. Your resilience and hard work is resistance. We see you.”

19. “The first, but not the last.”

CREDIT: @workbyav / Instagram

Try to find a grad cap that doesn’t thank their parents. They raised us so well.

… but also, my God, THANK YOU for being the best.

20. “For my parents’ smile, which is worth a million.”

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Fun fact: in the last Presidential campaign of which we care not to speak of, Latinos polled education as their #1 special interest.

21. For some, the quinceañera dream never dies.

CREDIT: @salixjade / Twitter

You know her mom whipped out the bedazzle gun in the back of the craft closet for this high school grad. Dream big, girl, get that tiara!

22. We tip our non-grad caps to all the 2018 graduates this year!

CREDIT: @Carofrialine / Twitter

Are you graduating this year? Well, primera, congratulations! We’re here for you and support you and all your wildest dreams. If one of them is to be featured on mitú, we’ll support that too. ??‍♀️

Send us your cap @wearemitu or hashtag #LatinxGradCaps! Buena suerte!

Latinas Are Sharing How They Protect Their Loved Ones From Coronavirus

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Latinas Are Sharing How They Protect Their Loved Ones From Coronavirus

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As global leaders continue to instruct the public to stay at home and self-quarantine amidst the Coronavirus pandemic scare, we looked to our Latinas on Instagram. Curious to see how you all are handling the situation and assuring loved ones stay safe, we asked “what ways are you trying to keep your loved ones safe?”

Here’s what you had to say!

Keeping up with health measures.

“My parents (64 & 66) are staying active by gardening, going for walks, and spring cleaning. We are all staying hydrated, taking vitamins, and not going out. We are ordering everything we may need online or for pickup. We are also airing out our house daily.”– miss_davila27

Shopping for groceries online.

“Getting our groceries through instacart. I’ve been social distancing for years, so it pays off when you’re autistic and society already looks down upon people with disabilities.”– gnerdbriizy

Picking up pharmaceuticals for older family members.

“Please offer to pick up your loved ones medications from their pharmacy. Pharmacy distributors are currently allocating medications, meaning it’s difficult to get a hold on medications. And since lately we are taking every day day-by-day, smaller neighborhood pharmacies are worried about being forced to close for the mean time due to low stock. PLEASE OFFER TO PICK UP YOUR LOVED ONES MEDICATIONS AT THEIR PHARMACY”–theblurple

Eating the right kinds of foods.

“Making sure my husband is eating nutrient dense foods”– simply_bea_

Checking in on abuelos.

“Making sure my Abuelita’s r good. N my familia n I go get the things they need.”– nayelly_bean

Getting your exercise on lock.

“FaceTimed my mom last night (who is elderly & not the healthiest) to make sure she’s using those dumbbells at home while quarantining. Quarantine does not = sitting around doing nothing, I told her 😂😂💪🏽💪🏽 she probably hates me now.”–drtyd87

mitú Readers Shared Their Most Absurd Family Secrets And The Chisme Is Wild

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mitú Readers Shared Their Most Absurd Family Secrets And The Chisme Is Wild

Family can be a great source of many things. They can bring us love and support as well as a sense of belonging. Our familias are often our first introduction to relationships and can be a mirror in which we reflect upon ourselves. They can also be a source of some telenovela sized drama. 

Every family has their secrets but some are wilder than others. We asked our FIERCE readers to dig all the family skeletons out of their metaphorical closets and they were quick to spill the tea. Here are some of the most shocking and scandalous family secrets they shared with us. 

1. The hidden family.

Instagram/ @mexicano._.memes

“Um, that my father fathered several more children [than what] we were told. I think we now have like 12 half-siblings now, only knew if half of them. He’s in his 80s but still, it’s for sure weird. ????” @misslopez_if_youre_vasty

2. *Cue the novela music.*

Instagram / @coolrulex

“That my sister almost married our half brother ( not 100% confirm ) and when he found out he went and married another girl with the same name as my sister but different last name he just change the last name at the church.” @karo056186

3. Romantic entanglements.

Instagram / @daniarenas.usa

 “My husband’s brother left his girlfriend for her sister… who happened to date my husband back in the day. They’re married with a baby now.” @thahomieguera

4. A grandfather in all but blood.

Instagram / @divitha.institute

“That my grandfather (May he Rest In Peace ❤️) wasn’t my biological grandfather. I always wondered why my mom told the doctors that diabetes didn’t run in the family when it was the reason he passed away. ????????‍♀️” @ivonlabombon

5. A secret straight out of the closet.

Instagram / @juixcebox.2

“My moms neighbors tea… the wife thought her husband was cheating so she asked my sister to give her a ride to follow him.. turns out he had a male lover ….now the lady blames my sister for giving her a ride like that’s the problem… and her closet gay husband stayed living there like nothing happened.” @fitmomofdolls

6. Just plain scandalous.

Instagram / @mudrope

“That my tia stole my abuelita’s will from my moms room in mexico and that she claims she doesn’t have it cause she left more for my mom and wants my abuelito to write another one with more dinero for her!!!!!” @mishygoldfishy

7. Definitely a premise for a Lifetime Movie of the Week.

Instagram / @reacttothat_

“My mom’s cousin had a boy when she was young while still in Central America. When she immigrated over to the states she had to leave him behind temporarily while she got her life together. My aunt met a man in the US and made a life here. They had 3 daughters. During that time her son grew up and I’m sure became super resentful toward my aunt. At some point my aunt put papers in for her son and brought him to the states. Him and the oldest daughter got SUPER close to the point where it got hella weird. She fell for her brother and they tried to run away with each other. I believe there plan was to go back to Central America. Mind you she was still a minor. He ended up ditching her at the border.” @pessiyerez

8. Throw the whole dad away.

Instagram / @ohh.she.wyld.af

“So 7th grade. My dad looked me in the face on the way inside our apartment and said ‘Hey! Its time for me to go. I’m leaving your mom next week.’ ????‍♀️” @kelly_a_stackhouse

9. This tia sounds cool af.

Instagram / @libragoggles

“That one of my mother’s older sister’s owned a brothel in Guatemala in the 70s. And would get her military boyfriend to beat the shit out of any of the men that mistreated her ladies. ????????‍♀️” @pixelatedgum

10. Lost a tio and gained an hermano

Instagram/ @reacttothat_

“My uncle was actually my brother….he was raised by my grandma and my mom played along. My mom was young so my grandma didn’t want my mom’s reputation to be ruined. One xmas when I was 15 my step-dad told my brother my mom was his mom. We didn’t believe it but then our mom confirmed it. We talk about it all the time, how we use to call him Tio but now it’s bro.” @arco___iris___

11. Say a rosario after reading this secret.

Instagram / @thatsfunnythat 

“That my grandma thought my grandfather was cheating and so she cheated him with their church’s reverend.” @grestmarie

12. The literal definition of “primo-hermanos.”

Instagram / @reacttothat_

“That someone’s prima’s daughter was pregnant by their son’s father????‍♀️ now they’re literally ‘primo-hermanos.’ @_lilasthebest_

13. Fame doesn’t mean much when you’re a cheater. 

Instagram / @me_as_a_millennial_mom

“My grandma dated Freddie Fender back in the 70s, she went to SPI to watch him play.. well she ended up finding him w/ another woman. She was so angry at him she threw his keys in the ocean and left his ass there…men ain’t shit ????????” @taramdelagarza