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The 2019 Latina Graduates Are Obsessed With Latina More Than Most And Their Caps Prove It

You’ve just spent years slaving away to get that diploma. Late night after late night writing essay after essay, studying for exam after exam. So what do you do now? Decorate your graduation cap, of course! To get you into the spirit of things, we’ve put together some inspiration for you: some snazzy snaps of Selena Quintanilla-themed graduation caps. 

1. Selena says it all.

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It doesn’t get much more exciting than earning that degree! So why not show it on your cap? Clearly, they’re words of wisdom from the OG hard worker herself.

2. “Bye Bye” to study.

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Probably the best thing about finishing study is to say so long, farewell to all of the last-minute cram sessions, the tears and tantrums when the printer doesn’t work, and the terrors of group work. Bidi Bidi bye bye, indeed!

3. When in doubt, go all out in glitter.

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Did someone say eye-catching? It might be hard to tell, but aside from the cute tiny pearls, this cap has little diamantes spread throughout the rest of the decorations. Is it striking? Yes. It is extra? Also yes. 

4. Song lyrics say it best.

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Probably one of the easiest ways to find fellow Selena fans is to just slap some song lyrics on your cap. Maybe spend the day humming the tune and come up with a dance routine to really drive your point home. And of course, put a picture of Selena on your cap, too. Make it clear, babes: you’re not only here to grab that certificate, you’re here to spend the day with kindred souls.

5. Flowers? Check.

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A fake flower or two is bound to complete your cap. But please, for the love of all that is holy and right, avoid using real flowers. It will take less than 0.05 seconds for them to wilt in the sun while you’re getting your photos taken. And while you’re at it, remember that you get bonus points for matching your nails to the color of the flowers.

6. Como la flor.

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Flowers for spring? Ground-breaking. But, in all honesty, if you’re bound to be given flowers to celebrate your educational victory, why not go the extra mile and have them all over your cap? The way to go is to mix it up with sizes – find cute little tiny ones to adorn the cap, and then finish it with a real centrepiece, extra AF, supermassive flower. You’re bound to get some looks. 

7. A sassy wave goodbye is the best kind of wave goodbye.

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After all those years keeping your head down, studying hard … or at least, stressing about studying hard, it’s satisfying as heck to know that you’re not going to have to do it anymore. So why not get Selena to say the goodbye for you with a sassy wave? 

8. Who says that your cap has to be black?

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Because a bright blue is an excellent way to show that you’re anything but feeling blue about graduating! 

9. School colors are the way to go.

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If you’re going to go for the aesthetic, then it’s time to go all out on the school colors and show off your amazing attention to detail. 

10. Wanna say something important? 

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Sometimes the best way to say something is to just cover the cap in words. Because really, you’re going to be surrounded by people who’ve spent the last few years of their life with their noses in books. Would it kill them to read something else, one last time?

11. Red, plus glitter, equals one fab cap.

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Have you got a penchant for drawing people? Then maybe it’s high time you show off your skills, babes. Especially for any of you out there that have just finished studying fine art – because, really, the day isn’t just about bragging about your smarts, it’s also about showing off your creativity.

12. When in doubt, go classy.

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A simple white and cream look can really drive home the fact that you’re one classy babe, and you’ve finally out-classed the education establishment.

13. A ‘90s pinboard look never goes astray.

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Because sometimes, it’s not about being extra, or being classy. It’s about showing that, deep down inside, you value cute kitschy things – and not even a diploma is going to change that about you. We know you’re still Jenny from the block.

14. Reflective décor for a reflective day.

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The reflective look isn’t just for traffic controllers and construction workers. It’s also for babes like you, who know that they’re moving on to bigger and better things.

15. Nothing says empowerment more than saying bye to the establishment.

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And it’s not just you saying bidi bidi bye bye to the establishment. Selena herself was criticised by the establishment for her revealing clothing. And did she let that stop her? No. Instead, she put flowers on her revealing clothing, and kept on smashing records and selling out stadiums. Don’t be like the establishment, be like Selena.

16. Be strategic in your decoration placement.

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Let’s face it, you’ve got to be practical with your decoration placement. You’re going to be wearing your cap for a long time – or, at least, what feels like a long time. And, it’ll feel even longer if you’ve put something heavy on the front of the cap. Stick all of the heavier, bigger things towards the back of the cap, and you’ll be good as gold on the day.

17. Why wear a flower crown when you could wear a flower cap?

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Hey, you can go all out on a flower crown aesthetic, show how much you love Selena, and support a good cause on your cap, too! 

18. Who says you’re limited to decorating only on the cap?

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If you do it right, you can let your decorations hang off the side of the cap. Just make sure they’re not in your face!

19. A play on words can be effective AF.

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Bidi bidi bye bye? More like bidi bidi done done! You’re 10,000 percent done with study and it’s time that the world knows it.

20. Think about balance.

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And no, we’re not talking about finding the right heels for the day – although, that is important too! Here, we can see that Selena’s iconic quote’s been changed just a little bit. But it’s made the cap all the better for it, since the text is visually balanced. Hey, you’ve gotta think about these things! 

There’s no doubt about it: Selena Quintanilla was an icon. So much so, that she still makes waves today! Which means you’ve got a big legacy to live up to – it’s time to take your education and make good use of it! But do you know what you want to do after studying? Tell us about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

We Are Loving The Respect And Credit These Grads Are Giving Their Farm Working Parents For Their Sacrifices To Give Their Kids The World

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We Are Loving The Respect And Credit These Grads Are Giving Their Farm Working Parents For Their Sacrifices To Give Their Kids The World

Graduation ceremonies are a little slice of life and society. Behind every cap and stole there are stories of heroism and struggle not only involving the graduates but often having to do with their parents. Moms and dads all over the world have done their best to see their children enjoy better opportunities in life. As the value of labor has shifted from privileging manual work and trades to giving more to those who work with information, traditional occupations such as farming have been affected by a decline in wages and by the crushing shadow of big companies (nowadays it is very hard for any farmer to subsist on their own). That is why stories that involve farmer parents seeing their kids graduate from university are so inspiring. If you have worked in the fields as a picker or even if you have done some gardening under the blistering sun you know how much of a toll working in a field can take on your body. If you haven’t, look to a father’s or uncle’s or Abuelo’s hands and focus on the callous surface that endless hours of working with la tierra has done to the skin. Every wrinkle tells a story of survival and proud trabajo

In honor of farmers worldwide, and to celebrate Farm Workers Day, we have chosen some inspirational snippets of life featuring graduates and their farmer parents, who worked with their hands so their offspring’s mind could thrive. There are not enough ways to say gracias, are there? 

This graduate who honors her farmer parents

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Merced Anna Ocegueda is a Latina college senior who graduated from University of California, Merced, earlier this year. This 22-year-old psychology major posted this picture on Twitter. As they say, una imagen dice + que mil palabras. Her parents are still wearing their picking equipment. Her post went viral and soon newspapers started knocking in the door. Ocegueda told The Fresno Bee: “My parents came here for a better future and a better life for their children. “The educational opportunities weren’t great. My parents encouraged me to better my education so I wouldn’t have to work in the fields like them.” 

For Selena Huapilla-Perez graduation she dressed up in her cap and gown and posed in the fruit fields alongside her parents to honor their sacrifice as farmers. ⁣

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In a post about her gruadtion, Huapilla said “I always tell my parents, my sisters and brother that this belongs more to them than to me.” This year she graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Michigan State University. ⁣

This recent grad went above and beyond to make her dreams come true, thanks to her hard work, and her parent’s struggles.

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Erica Alfaro, a 29-year-old, dedicated her master’s degree with her parents and celebrated with a powerful photoshoot where they work.

This Brazilian queen who thanked her farmer parents during her graduation ceremony

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It is a moment worthy of a few tears. A Brazilian student stops the party, descends the stairs and calls her parents. Everyone claps. They all know that her family is de origen humilde and that they have moved Heaven and Earth for her to be there. You can watch this tender and empowering moment here

Farmer parents sure teach some good ethics and excellent saving skills

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If precarious conditions can teach you anything is that you gotta take care of what you got. Farming is such a serendipitous occupation (a flood or a tornado can wipe out the years harvest and any earnings for the coming months, as many farmers have recently experienced throughout our climate-change-stricken planet), that those que trabajan en el campo know that life is better with no debt. What a great lesson. Hard work, dedication. 

De tal palo tal astilla

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So who is proud of who? The farmer father who sent his son to college or the son whose father sent him? Well, it is both. Struggle can either bring people closer together or split them apart. We hope it is always the latter. 

Can you spare a minute and read this amazing story?

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India is a country where social mobility is almost impossible. Many regions of the Southeast Asian country still live under a caste system that basically translates in zero opportunities for those who are born with nothing or with very little. That is why this story from the amazing storytelling collective Humans of Bombay is so powerful. It is the story of a father who had to migrate to the city from his farming village. There, he leads a simple life but makes sure his son goes to university. The son’s attitude will melt your heart. Does the story sound familiar? We are sure it resonates with many Latino families across the United States. 

The son of a Filipino farmer who got a full scholarship at Harvard

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The Philippines is one of the most unequal countries in the world, an impoverished nation that up until today has failed to keep up with other Asian economies. As much as 15% of Filipinos work overseas as domestic workers or construction workers. Those who live in the country need to work extra hard just to make ends meet. So the story of Romnick Blanco, the son of a rice and vegetable farmer, is the stuff that dreams are made of. He received a full scholarship to study at Harvard after excelling at his high school in Manila. By the way, he had to cross a river every single day to go to school

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His father was a cocoa farmer and his mother sold coal, he is now a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania

 
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Conditions for farmers in Africa are tough, as multinational corporations pay low wages for prices products such as cocoa.  Shadrack Osei Frimpong is a Ghanian dynamo who excelled at school and made his way to the United States. He is now giving back to his community, establishing a tuition-free girls’ school in his village. What an inspiring young man. Those who succeed despite a tough beginning are often the most generous and amazing human beings. African youth face many challenges, including guerrilla warfare, human trafficking and disease, so it is amazing to see ow someone from a rural area could actually work towards better conditions not only for himself, but for his whole community. 

Last but not least, this Indonesian son of farmers who graduated from Columbia University in New York City

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Robinson Sinurat is the fifth child of a family of seven. His parents did not finish their schooling because of financial struggles, so the odds were stacked against Robinson. He knew that he wanted to study physics, so he borrowed money from a friend to pay for university fees in Indonesia and ate only once a day. After graduating from college he worked in an NGO in the capital city of Jakarta, where he started studying English to apply for graduate school. His academic and professional accomplishments caught the eye of Columbia… and the rest, as they say, is history. You can read all about his improbable journey here.

This hombre hermoso from Thailand whose dirty clothes speak of a tough life

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The contrast is striking. This Thai farmer almost looks shy in front of the camera. The moraleja is clear: be very, very thankful for everything that your parents have done for you. 

Father And Daughter Celebrate Graduation Together On Bridge Between US And Mexico

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Father And Daughter Celebrate Graduation Together On Bridge Between US And Mexico

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Graduation is already a super emotional time. It marks the completion of often years of hard work and dedication. It also reflects the commitment and support of friends and family.

And for the Latino community, it’s a powerful reminder of the sacrifices and dedication from your parents because so many times they worked so hard to give us a life better than the one they had.

For one Laredo, TX student, it was an extra emotional night.

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Sarai Ruiz recently graduated from Hector J. Garcia Early College High School in Laredo, TX and got to celebrate among her mother and friends, but there was one very important person missing from the celebrations – her father.

She told NBC News, “As I looked over at my mom that day as my principal was speaking, I couldn’t help but to see other parents there for their kids, and it wasn’t just a mom. It was mom and dad, or mom and dad and grandma and grandpa. And it really did hit home for me. I knew that my dad couldn’t be there.”

Ruiz’s father, Esteban Ruiz, had been deported from the United States when she was just four years old.

Though she now lives with both of her parents in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Ruiz continued to attend school in the United States, which meant crossing the border bridge every day to get her education.

Since her father couldn’t attend her graduation ceremony, she wore her cap and gown to meet him on the border bridge.

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Sarai met her father after on the Gateway to the Americas Bridge so he could see her in her graduation attire.

I gave him a hug and I just started to cry a lot,” she told NBC News. “It’s like I fulfilled the dreams of both my mom and dad to find better opportunities that they didn’t have.”

Ruiz shared a video of the moment on Facebook, which has since gone viral.

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It’s been viewed more than 3.4 million times since May 25, writing, “I knew my father would never see me walk to get my diploma but today I’d thought I’d surprise him by crossing the bridge so he could see me with my cap and gown.”

The journey to graduation has not been easy for Sarai.

Sarai was born in Wisconsin and spent the first seven years of her life there, first with her mami and papi, and later with just her mother after her father was deported.

She moved to Laredo, Texas with her mother when she was seven to be closer to her father, and later to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, so their whole family could be together.

Twitter lit up at news of the emotional story.

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People were thrilled for the young graduate and many were moved to tears by her story.

Others questioned how innocent families are suffering through these heartbreaking stories.

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Some pointed out that stories like this will only become more common as the Trump administration continues its policies of keeping families apart.

Ruiz plans to continue her studies at the University of Texas at Austin this coming fall.

And she wants everyone to know that her story is not unique, that she is one of many similar stories out there.

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