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These 25 Graduation Caps Will Make You Proud To Be A Latino

There are so many ways you can wear your Latino and cultural pride on your sleeve, but what about on your head? Well, if you are getting ready to graduate this semester, you might want to start working on that. Now that you are finally on the way out, you definitely want to leave an impression. Decorating your graduation cap is one of the best ways to really stand out. Here are 25 Latino-inspired graduation caps decorations to motivate you to add some flair to your ceremony.

1. Show of how diverse you and your community is.

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This is a perfect way to remind all the non-Latinos at the ceremony that Latinos come in all shades, colors, sizes, and from more than 20 countries. Might as well leave people with more knowledge since you are celebrating being educated.

2. Give your parents the ultimate shoutout for their sacrifices.

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Maybe your parents were born in the U.S. and you don’t have the same story. That’s fine. Everyone’s parents did some kind of sacrificing to get their children to the stage. Good thing is that your madre always reminded you of what she gave up for you so it should be easy to figure out what to put on your cap.

3. Give some love to la raza on your special day.

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The more of us that graduate and go into the workforce, the more diversity we bring into our fields. Bringing our diverse backgrounds and stories into the workforce will only make it better and easier for other Latinos after us to follow in our footsteps.

Happy graduation, everybody! We are so proud of you that we made stuff to celebrate your moment.

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4. Let everyone know that you are changing the trajectory of your whole family.

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Are you a first-generation graduate? Be proud of that. Make sure you include that story on your graduation cap to make sure everyone around you knows just how hard you worked for your moment.

5. Don’t be afraid to be funny with it.

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“Better late than never” is too true for so many. The scenic route through college is something that you are probably finally ending and it’s probably because the school is out of classes for you to take.

6. Strike fear into President Trump.

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There is no question that the man is afraid of immigrants. Even scarier is going to be the educated children of those immigrants he is trying so hard to stop.

7. Let Frida Kahlo accompany you on your special day.

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For some people, mom and dad are not in the picture for whatever reason. In those moments, it is someone else that gives you the courage and motivation to get to your goals. Let your classmates know that Kahlo, or whoever it is, helped get you to the stage.

8. Let the haters know that you f*cking made it.

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For those of you who don’t know, “Ya chingué” basically means you slayed that damn thing. We all have haters whether you know it or not so make them see what you can do.

9. If you can’t find the words, let Selena say it for you.

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Not only is this phrase super iconic, it is probably going to be recognized by so many people. Selena has had a stellar couple of years and, clearly, so have you.

10. Take a moment to let everyone know what you think about borders.

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Like, everyone has been so obsessed with borders and walls and keeping people separated but that’s just not the world we live in. Embrace the modern world and give borders the finger as you spread your wings and soar.

11. Now is a great time to let everyone know that you are contributing to this country.

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If you are an immigrant and are graduating, celebrate. You are what is keeping this country running. We are a nation of immigrants and nothing and no one will ever be able to change that.

12. Plus, you can make fun of all those people who think immigrants steal jobs.

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It’s almost like they don’t know that immigrants get educated to earn the good jobs. It is always funny to take something that someone is using to demean you to make fun of them. Try it out.

13. Make something special that you can use later.

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Use it to cover your head as you walk across the stage then use it to play lotería with your family that night. That is what you call versatility.

14. Celebrate your feminine power.

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More Latinas are graduating from college than ever before. You are making history by flipping that tassel to the other side. Make sure that everyone recognizes your major accomplishment.

15. You can be as sappy as you want.

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Nothing like a sweet, sweet poem to make your parents proud of your hard work and their sacrifices. After all, they are going to make sure that you remember how much work they put in to making sure you graduated.

16. Seriously. Just honor their sacrifices.

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Nothing is done without your parents. If they are Latino they will even take credit for feeding you the right food when you were younger that made you so smart.

17. Use our culture to add some real flair.

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Not everyone can use bright colors, rhinestones, and flowers to decorate a graduation cap, but you can. Our culture is vibrant, colorful, and super floral.

18. Take a bad phrase and turn it around.

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The flowers perfectly frame the phrase “Hija de mi madre” which is really close to a phrase that means something very rude. Make your mom blush with pride when she sees you cross that stage.

19. “Hamilton” is still a thing so…

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Keep using it until people are sick of it. It doesn’t seem like that will ever happen but you never know until you try and try and try. You won’t be the only one with this idea, though.

20. Get as minimalistic with it as you want.

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No need to get too crazy with things. Just a few well thought out words and some simple drawings should be enough. There is no need to get too crazy.

21. Add a poquito de español to confuse some folks.

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Sure. You can just write University of Central Florida, but where’s the fun in that? Universidad de Florida Central is much more impactful and more likely to be noticed.

22. It’s a wrap, y’all.

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Make Ana Maria Polo proud. You finally finished your four-year degree so celebrate the fact that it’s a wrap.

23. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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In this case, that dreaded chancla is the ultimate enemy that really made a difference. If it wasn’t for all that discipline, who knows where you’d be.

24. Simple. Clean. Thankful.

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Get crafty, bust out our paint, and get to work. It isn’t hard to make a big impact with a simple design like this beautiful cap.

25. Use some Latino history to show your pride.

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This phrase is one of the most recited by Latinos. Makes sense that it will see you through to the end.

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A Florida Teen Has Overcome Immense Obstacles, Including Homelessness, To Become His School’s Valedictorian

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A Florida Teen Has Overcome Immense Obstacles, Including Homelessness, To Become His School’s Valedictorian

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Right now we are in the midst of so much change. There is so much going on in the world – from a global pandemic that has left millions of us in social isolation to a brand new social justice movement in the wake of murder of unarmed Black men.

We’re being bombarded with so much serious news, it’s hard to remember that there are still people out there leading powerful, incredible lives and making a difference.

One Florida teen has overcome all the odds, including years of homeless, to graduate from his high school as valedictorian and we need to celebrate and recognize this huge accomplishment.

Martin Folsom graduated at the top of his class after struggling through years of homelessness.

Since he was a child, Martin Folsom and his mother Melva have been in and out of homelessness, according to Jacksonville television station WJXT.

Despite all the challenges he faced through the years, Folsom managed to keep his focus on his studies — and his efforts paid off when he was named his class’ valedictorian and graduated from Philip Randolph Career Academy in Jacksonville, FL.

“It kind of gave me a jolt in my chest a little bit, so it was a good feeling,” Folsom said in a video interview shared by KTRK. “It means a lot and it gives me a sense of all I’ve done and all I have accomplished was worth it.”

After college – Martin plans to attend Valdosta State University – he hopes to one day work for the FBI.

Martin credits his mom’s dedication and compassion for helping him succeed.

During his time in high school, Martin’s mom recalled desperately searching for a place to live with her son.

“Martin and I were in downtown McDonald’s and literally had nowhere to go,” she shared with WJXT. “I was on the phone calling people, calling organizations, and by the grace of God, we got into a shelter that day.”

Even with an uncertain living situation, Martin didn’t let that affect his studies.

“I never thought to myself, ‘I can’t do this anymore’ or ‘I’m done with this,'” explained the teen, who served as class president from freshman year through senior year. “It’s always been, ‘Well, it happened again and I’ve gotta keep myself up and keep moving forward.'”

He was set to walk across the stage last week for graduation, but that was canceled due to the pandemic.

Still, he isn’t letting that damper his spirits — especially since Martin had to overcome hurdle after hurdle to earn the high honor. He and his mom have struggled with homelessness since he was a kid, and throughout his four years of high school. They became homeless while fleeing Melva’s ex-husband, who has since been sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder.

Within two years, the mother and son reportedly lived in different shelters across five states before setting in Jacksonville.

“It’s been a rocky road, been a lot of hardships, but seeing myself here right now, about to graduate and go to college, it feels good knowing that all the stuff I’ve done, it was worth it,” Martin said.

He served as the class president for his grade for four years straight, from 9th grade to 12th grade. Now he will go on to college in the fall — and says that will be a big day for his family.

“As far as I know I’m the first person in my family to actually get a college degree,” he said.

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Selena Gomez Offered A Special Commencement Speech To Immigrads Celebrating Their Special Achievement

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Selena Gomez Offered A Special Commencement Speech To Immigrads Celebrating Their Special Achievement

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It is graduation season and Covid-19 has changed how we conduct graduation ceremonies. This year, few high school seniors will be able to walk across the stage as states and counties protect their health and offer graduation alternatives. Celebrities have stepped up to give these seniors special commencement speeches.

Selena Gomez wanted to give immigrads a special commencement speech honoring their experience.

“Congratulations to all of the Immigrads,” Gomez says int he video. “I know that this is a virtual ceremony, but it is very real and it is very real to all of the families, and all of you, and your communities. I want you guys to know that you matter and that your experiences are a huge part of the American story.”

Gomez used her speech to connect with the immigrant graduates by relating to their stories.

“When my family came here from Mexico, they set into motion my American story, as well as theirs,” Gomez says. “I’m a proud third-generation American-Mexican, and my family’s journey and their sacrifices helped me get me to where I am today. Mine is not a unique story. Each and every one of you have a similar tale of becoming an American.”

Gomez gave her address for Define American, an immigrant-led organization.

Define American “is a narrative and culture change organization that uses media and the power of storytelling to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America,” reads the website.

Gomez fans are here to support the singer and her speech.

Gomez has used her platform to confront major topics in American politics and society. She produced “13 Reasons Why” to enter the conversation about teenage suicide and has used her social media platform to celebrate undocumented immigrants chasing the American Dream.

Gomez ended her speech giving all of the immigrads some words of encouragement.

“So, regardless of where your family is from, regardless of your immigration status, you have taken action to earn an education, to make your families proud, and to open up your worlds,” Gomez says. “So, I’m sending all of my love to you guys today, and congratulations, and I hope that you guys are set off to be everything that you want to be.”

READ: TV Special “Graduate Together” Gave The Class Of 2020 A Special Send-Off

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