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These Graduation Photos Of Latinas Will Motivate You To Continue Reaching

Babes! Graduation season is upon us, and what does that mean? It’s time for one hell of a fiesta! But in all seriousness, it’s also a good time for us to think about what it means for Latinas – for some, this is the first time someone in their family is graduating from university. For others, it’s a chance to change the trajectory of their life. So, without further ado, read on to see these world-changers getting the most out of their graduation … and maybe get some outfit ideas for your own si se puede graduation.

1. Sometimes graduation means setting an example.

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It doesn’t get much more inspiring than this: “My culture, my brown skin. Our food. The language. Todo tan hermoso. The struggles of being brown. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m proud to identify as Mexicana, Chicana, but most importantly, CHINGONA … being Latina for me is being a strong woman. If you have a dream … don’t ever let anyone take it away. Always believe that the impossible is possible … my ancestors went through hell so I wouldn’t have to, best believe I’m going to make a difference.”

2. For others, graduation is about being the first in the family to finish school.

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Although considering all the stress and tears that go into getting the degree, it can sometimes feel like the entire family should get an award for putting up with it!

3. Pets are an important part of graduation, too.

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Maybe your fur baby is your motivation for going to school. Or, maybe they just knew when you needed cuddles to get you through the next assignment. Whatever it is, the fact of the matter is that you’re probably going to want photos with your pets, since they’re part of the family, too!

4. Graduation is a good time to look back and see how far you’ve come.

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These days it feels like once we’ve hit a milestone, we just start looking for the next goal to aim for. But, graduation is the best time to take a deep breath and enjoy the view. You’ve made it!

5. It’s time to celebrate in your own way!

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If this means breaking out the bottles of expensive champagne and jumping into a fountain with your grad gear on, then so be it! Let your hair down since you’ve earned it just as much as this babe, a “first generation, daughter of immigrants, Latina graduate.”

An educated Latina knows she has no limits. 💫

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6. Sure looks aren’t everything, but grad gives you a hella good excuse to dress up!

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Babes, this is the time to wear the heels, splurge on the makeup, get your hair done and enjoy the ride. You’ve earned it, and you should look and feel good on the big day. It is your day, after all!

7. Graduation isn’t just about you finishing study – your friends are, too!

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Here’s some food for thought from this graduate: “Today has been such an overwhelming day of emotions. I’m grateful for the experience, even the sleepless nights, headaches, sweat and tears because I was able to achieve something I almost thought impossible. Thank you to everyone who made classes a little more bearable and I’m grateful for all the lifelong friendships I made along the way.” 

8. Sometimes grad is not only a celebration of what you’ve become but also who you’ve been all along.

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It’s worth knowing that you can defy the stereotype – and that just because you’ve immigrated doesn’t mean that you’re not able to learn and adapt, and grow as a person.

9. Graduation is definitely a time to be silly.

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Sure, graduation is one hell of a milestone. But does that mean you have to be completely serious about it? Nope. Now is the time to raise your arms, dance, sing, laugh, and soak in the joy of seeing the payoff after working so hard.

10. Remember: you’re a graduate, an opportunity awaits you.

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How does the saying go? “Good things come to those who work hard”? This is one graduate who knows what that really means: “My academic journey began nearly 7 years ago, but my life journey began 22 years ago. My mother, brother, and I came to the United States when I was five years old. I had absolutely no idea what was in store for me, for us … as the years flashed before my eyes, I’ve come to a realization that my mother sacrificed everything she had, our family back home, and worked tirelessly and endless hours to open a pathway to my “American Dream”. I had no choice but to give it my all with the resources that I had because my parents provided me with more than I could have asked for. “Sorry I can’t” does not belong in my vocabulary … and this is WHY I am standing before you in a picture, on your news feed holding my college degree; I graduated with HONORS. I am a proud immigrant who is accomplishing her “American Dream”. Si se puedo!”

11. Who can forget that graduation means designing your cap?

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“From migrant workers to a college graduate in two generations. What can I say, hard work is in my blood.” Your cap can have as much, or as little, as you want on it: it’s yours. In this case, it’s easy to see that this graduate has owned it: the painstaking details have paid off, and she has one jaw-dropping cap that’s both beautiful, and personal.

12. Graduation is also about being able to make your parents proud.

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And in this case, thanking them for everything and sharing the moment with them, too.

13. Remember to bask in the spotlight.

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Sure, your face is going to be aching by the end of the day from all the smiling, but if you wanted to get a good headshot or some Insta-worthy pics, this is the time for it! Every man and his dog will be getting photos of you, so this is the perfect opportunity to go all out and pose like you’re Selena Gomez on the red carpet.

14. Now is the time to stand out from the crowd.

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No-one’s journey at university has been the same. This is your time to own it. Fresh out of school, you can set yourself apart from the rest with your smarts, solid work ethic, and boss time management skills. The world is your oyster!

15. If there’s anything you have learned, it’s to embrace who you are.

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Daughter of an immigrant? Doesn’t matter. Well, it does matter, but not in the way you’d think. What matters is whether you show up, do what you need to do, and snap up the reward while everyone else is left reeling from your brilliance.

On a scale of one to ten, just how excited are you to be graduating? Let us know about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

6. Sure looks aren’t everything, but grad gives you a hella good excuse to dress up!

Instagram / @photoxkim

Babes, this is the time to wear the heels, splurge on the makeup, get your hair done and enjoy the ride. You’ve earned it, and you should look and feel good on the big day. It is your day, after all!

7. Graduation isn’t just about you finishing study – your friends are, too!

Instagram / @alix_carolina

Here’s some food for thought from this graduate: “Today has been such an overwhelming day of emotions. I’m grateful for the experience, even the sleepless nights, headaches, sweat and tears because I was able to achieve something I almost thought impossible. Thank you to everyone who made classes a little more bearable and I’m grateful for all the lifelong friendships I made along the way.” 

8. Sometimes grad is not only a celebration of what you’ve become but also who you’ve been all along.

Instagram / @carolina_grads

It’s worth knowing that you can defy the stereotype – and that just because you’ve immigrated doesn’t mean that you’re not able to learn and adapt, and grow as a person.

9. Graduation is definitely a time to be silly.

Instagram / @natdeegee

Sure, graduation is one hell of a milestone. But does that mean you have to be completely serious about it? Nope. Now is the time to raise your arms, dance, sing, laugh, and soak in the joy of seeing the payoff after working so hard.

10. Remember: you’re a graduate, an opportunity awaits you.

Instagram / @tvg1407

How does the saying go? “Good things come to those who work hard”? This is one graduate who knows what that really means: “My academic journey began nearly 7 years ago, but my life journey began 22 years ago. My mother, brother, and I came to the United States when I was five years old. I had absolutely no idea what was in store for me, for us … as the years flashed before my eyes, I’ve come to a realization that my mother sacrificed everything she had, our family back home, and worked tirelessly and endless hours to open a pathway to my “American Dream”. I had no choice but to give it my all with the resources that I had because my parents provided me with more than I could have asked for. “Sorry I can’t” does not belong in my vocabulary … and this is WHY I am standing before you in a picture, on your news feed holding my college degree; I graduated with HONORS. I am a proud immigrant who is accomplishing her “American Dream”. Si se puedo!”

11. Who can forget that graduation means designing your cap?

Instagram / @melissaborrego

“From migrant workers to a college graduate in two generations. What can I say, hard work is in my blood.” Your cap can have as much, or as little, as you want on it: it’s yours. In this case, it’s easy to see that this graduate has owned it: the painstaking details have paid off, and she has one jaw-dropping cap that’s both beautiful, and personal.

12. Graduation is also about being able to make your parents proud.

Instagram / @kcsilv

And in this case, thanking them for everything and sharing the moment with them, too.

13. Remember to bask in the spotlight.

Instagram / @alopaloful

Sure, your face is going to be aching by the end of the day from all the smiling, but if you wanted to get a good headshot or some Insta-worthy pics, this is the time for it! Every man and his dog will be getting photos of you, so this is the perfect opportunity to go all out and pose like you’re Selena Gomez on the red carpet.

14. Now is the time to stand out from the crowd.

Instagram / @rosanegra43_

No-one’s journey at university has been the same. This is your time to own it. Fresh out of school, you can set yourself apart from the rest with your smarts, solid work ethic, and boss time management skills. The world is your oyster!

15. If there’s anything you have learned, it’s to embrace who you are.

Instagram / @mariarojanohair

Daughter of an immigrant? Doesn’t matter. Well, it does matter, but not in the way you’d think. What matters is whether you show up, do what you need to do, and snap up the reward while everyone else is left reeling from your brilliance.

On a scale of one to ten, just how excited are you to be graduating? Let us know about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

People Are Freaking Out About The High-Pitched Character Danny Trejo, AKA Machete, Voices In The New “Dora The Explorer” Movie

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People Are Freaking Out About The High-Pitched Character Danny Trejo, AKA Machete, Voices In The New “Dora The Explorer” Movie

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“Dora the Explorer” isn’t the same little bilingual cartoon girl anymore. In the live action sequel, “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” we get to see Dora venture into high school and navigate life as a pretty eccentric, curious teenager. The latest trailer for the movie, which hits theaters in less than a month, just dropped and we all have opinions.

The cast looks incredible. Eva Longoria and Michael Peña play Dora’s parents. Danny Trejo will be playing the unnervingly high-pitched voice of Boots the Monkey. Benicio del Toro will play the voice of Swiper the Fox (“Swiper, no swiping!”). We also expect to see Eugenio Derbez offer his talents alongside new talents Isabela Moner and Jeff Wahlberg.

Peruvian actress Isabela Moner is taking on the role of Dora.

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At just 18 years old, Moner was born in Cleveland, Ohio. While her mom is from Lima, Peru, Moner didn’t start learning English until she reached grade school. By the time she was 15 years old, she was accepted into college. You might recognize her from Nickelodeon’s 100 Things to Do Before High School or Legends of the Hidden Temple. She was also cast in Transformers: The Last Night. Playing Dora will be her biggest role to date.

The trailer shows hilarious scenes of a young Dora at the family dinner table asking the screen, “Can you say delicioso?”

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We all know Dora as the all-too-patient Spanish language teacher from our childhood who would pause for 10-15 seconds to let the audience practice saying words like “niño” and “delicioso.”

In the trailer, her parents look around the room, concerned, and brush the behavior off as just a phase.

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Eva Longoria and Michael Peña characters look around the room, wondering who their daughter is talking to. Finally, Peña’s character comforts his wife saying, “she’ll grow out of it.” Thankfully, she does.

While Dora isn’t trying to teach us all Spanish anymore, she’s still as curious as her younger cartoon self.

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After spending most of her life in the jungle with her parents, Dora’s parents send her to live with her cousin Diego, in the city. At first, Dora thinks she’s heading off on her greatest adventure yet: high school.

Of course, no girl can go off to high school without their best friend.

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For Dora, that best friend is still a monkey she keeps in her backpack. Ultimately, high school isn’t her greatest adventure. Dora quickly becomes wrapped up in a mystery to find the Lost City of Gold, uncover truths about an ancient Incan civilization and save her parents.

Some fans are most excited just to see Eva Longoria back on the big screen.

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We’re all shimmying, verdad, to see so many actually Latino actors play Latino characters in such a big production. We applaud the white director of this film adaptation for doing right by true cultural representation.

Some fans are praying to see the awkwardness of baby Dora in live action.

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You will see it, and thankfully, we’ll be fully emotionally supported by Eva Longoria and Michael Peña in the genuine disturbance it causes. We’re moving on from this strange character trait.

Meanwhile, other Spanish speakers are taking a moment to express some latent cringe from listening to grammatically correct Spanish.

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That Spanish is so overrated. Some might even say criminal. If you read that last word in Spanish, you probably can relate to what Curly Dash is saying. But we’re all showing out for the movie, dale?

Of course, the racists came out to play. 🙃

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White folks are still upset that Disney chose to correct some blatant racism in the original screenplay of Little Mermaid by casting a black woman to play Ariel. If you’re using the term “reverse racism,” you’re already wrong. Basta. 

If you always wanted to see a school bus eat Dora’s backpack, show out August 9th.

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We love seeing confident, capable young women stay true to their roots and strengths and lead a bunch of teenagers into a jungle to solve impossible Incan mysteries. Can you say, emocionado?

READ: The First Trailer For ‘Dora And The Lost City Of Gold’ Is Here And People Are Surprised And Ready

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. 

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