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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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If You’ve Been Struggling with College During COVID, These Tips Might Help You Cope

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If You’ve Been Struggling with College During COVID, These Tips Might Help You Cope

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Covid-19 is changing the all-American college experience. There is no more late-night munchie runs at 3 a.m., house party hopping, or late-night cramming with friends in the library. The spirit has completely changed, but all for the greater good of keeping others healthy and safe.

Still, that doesn’t discredit the fact that we are losing the value of our education by it moving online. We’re no longer able to use the campus as a resource to help fuel ourselves academically or socially. We long for the day we are able to build a sense of community again.

Here’s how Covid has changed the college experience and what you can do to make it better.

The Move to Online

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Being a college senior myself, remote learning has taken a huge toll on me. My days are lengthened with logging on to Zoom for everything, and yes- even my pair of blue-light glasses can’t keep me focused.

I find myself eagerly waiting for my professor to say “That’s it for today everyone,” and sometimes can only hang in there for half of the time. I’m constantly left feeling anxious and frustrated.

I was sure that universities would begin to understand how different students cope with a very tricky, unstable, and scary situation at hand. However, I’ve experienced the opposite. An overwhelming influx of papers, online assignments, and weekly quizzes quickly presented themselves. Not to mention more group projects. Weekends soon became “working-weekends” and with assignments piling up I truly felt like I was drowning.

It wasn’t long until I had to think for myself. How am I going to cope with the now? I needed to figure out the best plan I could to navigate something out of mine and everyone else’s control. If you too are struggling during this time whether it be financially, academically, emotionally, etc, please know you are not alone. Below are some resources that might help each day go by just a little better than the last, and hopefully give you peace of mind.

Finances:

COVID Emergency Assistance Funds

The last thing that we want to do is pay full price for online learning, especially during a pandemic. So check with your college or university about COVID Emergency Assistance/Relief Funds. This has greatly helped students access resources such as food, housing, course materials, technology, and affordable health care. In some cases, they even pay you to be at home. Additionally, FAFSA is allowing students to get even more aid granted despite if they were already given their semester disbursement- so it’s definitely worth checking out.

Visit your official college website & https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa for more information.

Scholarships

Trust me, we all could use a little help in this area. Luckily, Tuition Funding Sources’s (TFS) database connects students to monthly scholarships based on needs, wants, and qualifications. They have highlighted “scholarships of the day” as well as career aptitude tests that can help your search become even more personal.

Businesses are also partnering up right now to help students around the world get the support they need to further their education. The McDonald’s® HACER ® National Scholarship assists Latino students to be front and center and attain the education they deserve. In 2019, more than $500,000 was granted to 30 students in order to help finance tuition costs. And better yet, The 2020-2021 application period just opened October 5th.

For more information on how to apply for the listed scholarships, visit https://www.tuitionfundingsources.com  or https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/community/hacer.html .

Mental Health & Well-Being:

Headspace

This app is a lifesaver. From brief wellbeing exercises to longer guided meditation, Headspace is offering free downloadable tracks that can help you ease your mind at home or on-the-go anywhere and anytime. Tune in when you need a break or to re-center yourself.  

Visit https://www.headspace.com/covid-19 to see what tracks are available now.

Podcasts

Sometimes hearing someone speak and having an honest conversation about a certain topic is really fun to engage with. It provides us another perspective other than their are own, and it’s interesting to get a glimpse at the way other people live. Taking 30 minutes out of your day to listen to an episode can help ease some stress, reminding you that others are by your side who, too, have felt the same chaos.

For a great selection of podcasts, search Spotify or Apple Podcasts to start the search on some good series.

Be Patient with Yourself

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Remember, this pandemic is not forever although it might feel like it right now. Do not feel like you are responsible for the frustration you are undergoing. Take some time to care for yourself and take a step back from the craziness of the world to remind yourself that things will get better.

Talk to a friend, counselor, or therapist if you find yourself in a crisis more than you can bear. Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7 service to anyone who needs some support and wants to speak with someone. What’s nice is you have the option to either call or text, depending on what’s most comfortable and effective for you. 

Visit https://www.crisistextline.org to get free 24/7 support whenever, wherever. 

Other Tips

Zoom Party

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Get-togethers are looking a lot different right now, but you can still plan an event that will keep all of your friends together. Zoom can be a wonderful platform not only for the classroom, but to catch up with everyone. Plan a “Whine Night” where you talk about all things life or vibe to shared music. Your university should give you an unlimited personal meeting room link so you don’t have to pay a dime for the time.

Virtual Social Hours

Many universities are offering virtual social hours so students can connect to each other and get more of a sense of community as we navigate through the days. Check online on your school’s website to see what types of activities they are offering students at this time, and what events might fit your personal or career interests.  You never know who you might meet!

Find Your Hobby 

Having a go-to hobby during this time can give you something to look forward to and be an escape from all the ongoing chaos. Look into things like surfing, socially distanced yoga classes, cooking, or hiking to get you feeling joyful and inspired. Try one thing out and see if you like it, and if not who says you can’t just move to the next thing? You’ll be surprised at what you discover will be your next “thing.”


The pandemic has definitely made college life and life, in general, a whole lot harder. Know that it is completely normal to feel mad, sad, scared, or anxious about what’s to come. With these tips, my only wish is that they help you cope just a bit more as they have for me. Together we will get through this, slowly but surely.

READ: A 13-Year-Old Student Just Became A California College’s Youngest Graduate

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This 12-Year-Old MENSA Member Is Starting His Sophomore Year of College But Stays Humble— ‘I Just Grasp Information Quickly’

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This 12-Year-Old MENSA Member Is Starting His Sophomore Year of College But Stays Humble— ‘I Just Grasp Information Quickly’

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Twelve-year-old Caleb Anderson has a head on his shoulder that’s steering him towards a bright and brilliant future. Most kids Anderson’s age are diving headfirst into their 7th-grade year, he on the other hand is headed to college.

Back to college that is.

Anderson is currently enrolled at Chattahoochee Technical College as a sophomore.

From Marietta, Georgia, he’s on track to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering in two years. Speaking to CBS News for an interview the pre-treen remains humble and chalks up his success to being quick.

“I’m not really smart,” Caleb explained in his interview with the outlet. “I just grasp information quickly. So, if I learn quicker, then I get ahead faster.”

When it comes to pursuing his education, Anderson has his eyes set on a greater prize than just earning his bachelor’s degree. The 12-year-old is intent on heading off to Georgia Institute of Technology or the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. He’s hoping to eventually wind up with an internship at Tesla working for SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

“When I was like 1, I always wanted to go to space,” Anderson said in a separate interview with USA Today. “I figured that aerospace engineering would be the best path.”

Just twelve and Anderson has made quite a few other accomplishments.

At just 9 months old he learned how to do American Sign Language began reading just a few months later. “I have this distinct memory of going to a first-grade class and learning there, and everyone was way taller than me, because, you know, I was 2,” he explained to USA Today. “I could barely walk!”

According to his interviews, Anderson began solving math equations by the time he reached his second birthday and qualified for MENSA at just 3 years old. MENSA is the largest and oldest high IQ society across the globe. The non-profit organization is open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized intelligence test. Members have included the likes of Geena Davis, Nolan Gould of “Modern Family,” and Joyce Carol Oates.

Explaining what it is like to raise a genius, Anderson’s father Kobi WKYC that he realized his kid was special when he began to speak to other parents.

“As we started to interact with other parents, and had other children, then we started to realize how exceptional this experience was because we had no other frame of reference,” Kobi explained. “He has far surpassed me in math, so I can’t help him anymore. Seriously! He’s in calculus two now!”

When it comes to her son, Anderson’s mother says that she hopes other parents see him as an example and that he inspires other Black children.

“I think people have a negative perspective when it comes to African-American boys,” she explained. “There are many other Calebs out there… African-American boys like him. From being a teacher — I really believe that. But they don’t have the opportunity or the resources.”

Check out Anderson’s interview below!

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