[VIDEO] Parents Break Down In Tears Over How Their Daughter Is Honoring Them At Her College Graduation
Vivian Felix is getting ready to graduate from college and, like most college grads, wants to give thanks to her parents. The California State University of Los Angeles (Cal. State LA) graduate decided that the best way to honor her parents was to make sure they crossed the stage with her in her own unique way. Grab the tissues because we have some immigrant parents crying at the reveal.
Vivian Felix is giving her immigrant parents the love and respect they deserve at her graduation.
According to Felix, her parents sacrificed so much for her to be able to grow up and go to college in the U.S. Now that she is graduating and fulfilling their dreams, she wanted to give them their own chance to shine during her graduation.
She did this by decorating her graduation sash with mementos that represent her heritage and family history.
Felix’s graduation sash includes the Mexican flag and a little bit of the serape that is synonymous with Mexico and Mexican culture. Her parents are immigrants and make the same journey north that so many families make to seek out a better life.
“Both my parents are from Mexico,” Felix says. “My mom is from Michoacan and my dad is from Durango.”
She even included their names on her sash and that’s when the emotions really hit their peak.
“I wanted my parent’s names on something of mine to walk that stage with me,” Felix recalls about her getting ready for graduation. “When I heard we could customize my graduation sash, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to honor them this way.”
She even made sure to give them more love on her graduation cap.
“They had no idea I was doing this,” Felix admits. “I added my parent’s name because it’s the least I can do for all their struggles and efforts they’ve gone through for me and my brother.”
The tweet is bringing people to tears.
Honestly, who doesn’t cry when they see parents crying? There is something so heartfelt and tender when you see a Latino dad start to cry. We all know that they are truly sensitive people and have a lot of emotions but don’t like to show them. The only times they cry are when it involves their kids and it is one of the sweetest displays of love.
It’s obvious that her parents are very proud of her and her accomplishments.
“I would tell my parents, ‘Thank you,'” Felix says. “I hope they know that me going to school and graduating is for them, and to know that their sacrifices mean something.”
She has a special message for the children of immigrants who are pursuing their dreams.
“We only have this privilege and opportunity because of them,” Felix says. “Their lives were much different than ours at this age, so the fact that they made this sacrifice solely for us is something that should be honored daily.”
You can check out the full video and the tears from Felix’s parents below.
“My parents have seen the tweet, but they are only on facebook (el face),” Felix says. “They don’t really know how twitter works, but they are glad it is getting a lot of attention, and they hope it inspires others to honor their parents.”
Spoken like true Latino parents. Congratulations, Vivian!