Here Are 21 Beautiful Graduation Moments That Will Make You Cry Tears Of Joy

For many Latino families, college graduation ceremonies are a big deal – especially if you’re a first generation college student who has worked tremendously hard to attain your diploma. Not only is this graduation ceremony about the graduate, but about all of their loved ones who have worked hard to help make this accomplishment possible.

Overall, these graduation ceremonies get emotional AF, and here are pictures that prove it…

Here’s a picture that captures the heart warming moment of meeting your family at the end of the stage.

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Along with this picture, 2018 graduate Jessica said, “Getting here was not easy. I had many bumps, detours, and moments of self doubt, but I stuck to it and without adversities I wouldn’t be the strong mujer I am today.”

And if there’s one picture that illustrates your family’s pride and joy, it’s this one.

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After graduating from University of California, Riverside, graduate Eric Gonzalez said, “I owe every single blessing and opportunity I’ve had in life to them.”

It’s these types of hugs that make the best graduation gifts.

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University of California, Merced graduate Karina Franco celebrated with her family and said, “Today, after a lot of hard work and struggles, these photos are a testimony to [my parents’] resilience and determination.”

At the end of your graduation ceremony, it’s hard not to smother your loved ones with kisses.

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After walking the stage, graduate Yisela Saenzpardo emphasized, “For those of you who are doubting yourself, don’t. Because anything is possible and you are capable. I couldn’t have done it without my family. They should’ve been the ones to walk the stage. Especially my parents.”

And the smiles you see on your family’s faces is absolutely priceless.

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Graduate Andreina Small celebrated her moment by stating, “Grandpa this one is for you! Familia, this is for you! Mi raza, esto es para ti.”

Considering the sacrifices your parents have made for you to have a better life, come graduation it’s a very emotional moment.

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In a Twitter post, graduate Camila Silva explained why this moment was especially special to her. She described, “When my school discovered I was undocumented, my scholarship and in-state tuition were taken away. I told my papi that I was going to drop out and work instead. My papi told me he’d cut his arm off before I dropped out. Today I graduated and he’s why.”

You can’t help but to smile, shout and celebrate.

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College graduate Jeff Ibar celebrated with his mom in receiving his doctorate from the University of Houston.

It’s little moments like this that make your graduation day 100x more special.

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College graduate Erica celebrated receiving her Bachelors from California State University, Long Beach.

Graduation day is an explosion of joy for many Latino families, and here’s a photo that proves it.

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College graduate Wendy Mares leaped into her dad’s arms in celebration and said, “This was made possible because of my amazing parents who sacrificed everything to lead me to a path of success. I can never thank them enough for everything they have done for me. For crossing the border, years ago, to give me a better opportunity. I came to be because of their struggles and sacrifices.”

There’s really nothing like receiving a hug from your parents while dressed in your cap and gown.

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Here’s a special moment captured between a mom and her daughter.

And it doesn’t matter how many flowers and balloons you receive, it’s the warm hugs that make you the most happy.

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This college graduate celebrated with her family and said, “I dream it, I work hard till I own it.”

In every single way, it’s a beautiful moment making your parents proud.

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College graduate Gaby Arroyo celebrated and thanked her mom by saying, “I did it all to make her proud, to let her know that her sacrifices were all worth it, this one is for you Mamá.”

And for some, it’s about making their children proud.

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College graduate Araceli Cueva celebrated receiving her Bachelors degree and thanked her son by saying, “To my son: Thank you for sitting next to me all those nights while I did homework, for waiting up for me after my night classes, for understanding I couldn’t play catch because I had to study, but most of all, for giving me the drive to be ambitious. For giving me a never ending goal of giving you the best life possible. I hope you are as proud of me as I am of you. Mommy loves you and everything I am, everything I do and will do is always going to be for you.”

How cute is this dad rocking his daughter’s university apparel?!

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This proud college graduate gave a shoutout to her parents and said, “Para mi Familia. Blessed to have the most amazing family. This wouldn’t have been possible without your guys undying love and support. This ones for you.”

If there’s one thing these graduation ceremonies are for, it’s to celebrate all of your hard work.

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College graduate Esmeralda Galan held her diploma up high and said, “These past few years have been crazy. I’ve been balancing work, life, and school & for that reason I feel extremely proud and grateful. This is not and end, as I am dedicated in continuing my education. It may take me time to reach my goals, but it takes as long as it takes. Aunque seamos Latinos eso no signifíca que no podemos.”

And it’s also to celebrate the people who helped you and supported you along the way.

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This educated Latina celebrated her accomplishment by holding her parents’ hands up high.

After all, your graduation day is ultimately dedicated to your loved ones who have made this accomplishment possible.

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College graduate Gabby Guera celebrated her graduation with all of her loved ones and said, “It has been their unwavering support that has kept me working hard all of these years. But this degree is for my parents. It’s a small way for me to give thanks for all their hard work and sacrifices they have made in this country.”

And the more difficult the journey was for you, the more valuable the diploma becomes.

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CSU Channel Islands graduate Crystal Renee hugged her family tight and said, “I still can’t believe this happened this past Saturday. I’m still in awe of myself, for completing something so challenging but yet so worth it.”

Come graduation day, it’s all about smiles, hugs and laughs.

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Adrianna Duran joined her best friend at her graduation ceremony and said, “I’m incredibly proud and I cannot wait to see what your next chapter will consist of. Go change the world.”

And it’s also a day to leap up in joy.

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Even though this was a throwback picture for college graduate Chris Galeno, he does admit that it was one of the happiest days of his life.

One thing for sure, is that graduation day is an emotional day and one of the best days of your college career.

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This educated Latina graduated from Sacramento State University and thanked her dad for being a part of this accomplishment. “My pops and I have our ups and down but I love this man. Ironically, we clash heads because we have the same character but I am thankful because like him I don’t give up, I don’t take no’s for an answer, and I always go after I want. Gracias papa!,” she said.

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

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The First Ever Tribally-Associated Medical School Opened On Cherokee Lands

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The First Ever Tribally-Associated Medical School Opened On Cherokee Lands

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In this unprecedented year that has pushed the boundaries of the healthcare industry past its breaking point, a new kind of medical school is making history. A medical school that caters to Indigenous American medical students.

The school is called Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation (COMCN), and it will be the first tribally-associated medical school in the U.S.

Largely the brainchild of former principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Bill John Baker, the project aims to combine the practices of traditional healing practice of the Cherokee people with Western medical teachings.

Bill John Baker’s original goal was to invest money into the Cherokee Nation medical system. His fundraising efforts drew the attention of Oklahoma State University, who approached the then-principal Chief with the idea of opening up a medical school on reservation lands. To him, the decision was a no-brainer.

“After we were removed from tribal lands and there were no teachers, we invested our treasury into teachers. This is a natural progression. Just as our ancestors grew their own teachers 150 years ago, we want to grow our own doctors,” Bill John Baker told Medscape.

As recent reports have detailed, Indigenous communities are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the CDC, Indigenous Americans are testing positive for COVID-19 at 3.5 times the rate of white Americans. This is largely due to lingering historical inequities and structural failings that negatively impact the overall health of Indigenous Americans.

One of the solutions to this institutional failing is to recruit and train more doctors of color–in this case, more Indigenous American doctors. As of now, 0.4% of doctors in the U.S. identify themselves as being American Indian or Alaska Native.

Since COMCN is a state school, non-Indigenous students are welcome to study at the school as well. According to the university’s states, 22% of its students identify as Native American, while they make up less than 1% of the U.S. population.

The devastation that COVID-19 has wrought globally has spurred an uptick in medical school applications.

In what has been dubbed the “Fauci Effect”, the number of potential students applying to medical school is up 18% this year from last year. It seems that this global health crisis has sparked a desire in certain people dedicate their lives to medicine.

So COMCN couldn’t come at a better time. America needs more Indigenous doctors and COMCN is here to teach them.

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Rep. Ruben Gallego Broke Down Jared Kushner’s White Privilege In A Twitter Thread About Their Paths To Harvard

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Rep. Ruben Gallego Broke Down Jared Kushner’s White Privilege In A Twitter Thread About Their Paths To Harvard

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Jared Kushner recently made headlines for saying that Black Americans have to “want to be successful.” Kushner continued in the Fox & Friends interview saying that Trump policies are trying to help them with issues that “they’re complaining about.” Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona took to Twitter to call out Kushner and his easy, money-paved path in life after the interview aired.

Rep. Ruben Gallego has a few words about Jared Kushner’s claim that Black Americans don’t “want to be successful.”

Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband, was being interviewed by Fox & Friends when he suggested that Black Americans don’t want to successful. He added that the Trump administration has created policies to help Black Americans. Specifically, the Trump administration has created policies to help Black Americans overcome things that “they’re complaining about.”

The interview was immediately slammed by Democrats and activists as being tone deaf. Furthermore, the rhetoric is reminiscent of language used against the Black community for decades to justify policies that disenfranchised and injured the Black community.

Rep. Gallego was one of Kushner’s classmates at Harvard and the two had very different paths to the prestigious school.

Rep. Gallego created a Twitter thread to show the hoops he had to jump through in order to make it to Harvard. As a Latino from a middle class family, Rep. Gallego didn’t have a lot of the same luxuries afford to him like someone of Kushner’s background. The congressman’s story about his way to the Ivy League school is something a lot of people of color can relate to.

The story is an extension and deeper dive into the college admission scandal narrative.

Rep. Gallego detailed his four years in high school with the mission of making it to Harvard. For him, that meant studying for his exams for years with free and used test preps he could get his hands on. There was a community support to make it possible for him to get materials he needed.

According to Data USA, Harvard’s student body is heavily white. The data shows that 41 percent of students are white, 13.5 percent are Asian, 8.19 percent are Hispanic or Latino, and 5.35 percent Black or African-American.

Even the interviewing process was something so many other students didn’t have to contend with.

Some universities, especially ivy league schools, require prospective students to interview with alums and administrators. These interviews weigh heavily in the process and for Rep. Gallego, they were not easy to get to. He had to rely on public transportation to make it to his various interviews around Chicago.

Rep. Gallego spent four years getting ready to go to Harvard.

After four years of hard work and sacrifice, Rep. Gallego was accepted to Harvard. His path to Harvard was filled with friends and family helping him along the way, which is common in Latino communities. It is a story that many of us are familiar with but it isn’t a truly universal story, as Rep. Gallego points out about Kushner.

Kushner’s easy path to Harvard is why the congressman took issue with Kushner’s comments.

Documents show that Kushner got into Harvard after his father pledged a $2.5 million gift to be paid in annual installments of $250,000. Both of Kushner’s parents were also members of Harvard’s Committee of University Resources and donated to the school. In an interview with ProPublica, a former administrator at Kushner’s high school admitted that no one at the school believed that he got admitted on his own merit. The official said that neither his grades nor SAT scores warranted his admission into Harvard.

Rep. Gallego ended his thread asking people to donate to the Biden campaign and the United Negro College Fund.

Rep. Gallego is clearly not letting this story go by without weighing in. Kushner’s comments have set off a firestorm of frustration with people across the nation.

READ: College Admissions Scandal Mastermind Reportedly Told Parents To Lie About Ethnicity To Further Advantage Their White Children

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