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These Photos Of 2019 Latina Graduates Will Make You Llorar Tears Of Happiness Like No Other

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This year’s 2019 Latina graduates are celebrating their achievements by telling their profound stories of love, hope and familia. For many of the Latinas crossing the stage this year, getting to and through college was no easy feat, particularly because of the various obstacles institutions have set in their way. Still, in true #Latinapower, they persisted and now join this year’s group of graduates.

Here’s a look at twenty Latinas graduating this year despite the odds that were stacked against them:

This Latina who’s making her way across the stage DESPITE all the obstacles and naysayers in her path.

this chica juggled multiple jobs including as a real estate agent, a car salesman AND a secretary just to get to college. Girl got herself a full ride scholarship and has a B.A. now!!

This UC Berkeley bound STEM graduate.

Congrats the new Golden Bear! Bienvenida!!

This Latina who is taking on a big first for her university!

YASS chica!

This smart lady with all of the style and the degree!

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We stan for a woman who reps her heritage on her graduation cap!

This first generation graduate who’s making her parents proud

Reading through this girl’s Instagram caption, we seriously think she could be an inspirational speaker as a side-hustle to her engineering.

This Latina who rocked *bloody shoes* along with a gorgeous pink dress to her graduation ceremony

Who ever said you can’t graduate in style?

This Latina who honored her father’s spirit on her graduation cap

We’re sure her father would be proud of her accomplishment.

This Latina who went ahead and got a SECOND bachelor’s degree after realizing the first wasn’t what she wanted after all

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It takes a special kind of bravery to recognize what you want and go after it despite all the obstacles in your path.

This Latina who didn’t let imposter syndrome tell her what she couldn’t do

After not even thinking she could get into this Master’s program, this “proud Mexican” is now graduating. Congrats!

This Latina who credits her success to the hard work of her ancestors

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Graduation is the perfect time to reflect on the sacrifices your family may have made to get you to this point in your life. It takes a village, after all!

This Latina who repped her rizos at her graduation from a prestigious Historically Black College

We love how this Latina celebrates every aspect of herself!

This Latina who graduated with an engineering degree while growing a life inside of her

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We’re pretty sure if you look up “work ethic” in the dictionary, you’ll find this woman’s picture right next to the definition

This Latina who’s rocking her queer AND Latinx pride on her graduation day

Not to mention, she’s graduating early. What an inspiration!

This Chicana, who made sure her graduation outfit had a splash of color

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We love how this Latina wasn’t afraid to rock her traditional cultural get-up!

This self-called “product of immigration” whose entire family came to see her graduate

We love how her whole family came to cheer her on.

This Latina who proved haters wrong and earned the degree that was her birthright

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In this political climate, just graduating from college with pride can feel like a political act. We love this girl’s fierceness!

This newly ordained medical assistant who has proved that intelligence runs in the family

The future looks bright for this one.

This Latina who was brave enough to return to school after taking a break

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Further proof that it’s never too late to follow your dreams!

This former teen mom who defied the statistics and became the first in her family to graduate

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We love how this Latina credits her son for inspiring her to graduate. What an incredible role model.

This Masters-having Latina who’s educating Latinos on educational inequality

This woman’s passion is everything. It’s Latinas like this that are being the change they want to see in the world.

To all the Latinas that are graduating, still in school, or thinking about going back to school, we hope this is inspiration for all of you. Remember: Sí se puede.

A Guadalajara-Based Scientist Discovered Nopal Juice Can Create Plastic And Our Eco-Friendly Latina Moms Are About To Lose It

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A Guadalajara-Based Scientist Discovered Nopal Juice Can Create Plastic And Our Eco-Friendly Latina Moms Are About To Lose It

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only Latina fighting for a greener planet. Over in Mexico, Sandra Pascoe created a biodegradable, natural plastic that can make our shopping experiences a lot more eco-friendly. The key: The juice of the nopal cactus.

“The plastic is basically made out of the sugars of nopal juice, the monosaccharides and polysaccharides it contains,” Pascoe, a researcher at the University of the Valley of Atemajac, told EFE.

So far, the Guadalajara, Jalisco-based scientist has used the most popular type of edible nopal, the opuntia ficus-indica and the opuntia megacantha. According to her, the sugars, pectin and organic acids in the juice give it a thick, gummy consistency. This is then mixed with with Glycerol, natural waxes, proteins and colorants, which is dried on a hot plate to produce thin sheets of plastic.

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Currently, the plastic can be used to make greener alternatives to shopping bags, cosmetic containers, accessories and toys. However, she is currently studying how much weight the plastic can hold to determine other possible uses for it. She also teamed up with the University of Guadalajara Center for Biological and Agricultural Sciences to test how quickly and in which cases the plastic will decompose.

“We’ve done very simple degradation tests in the laboratory; for example, we’ve put it in water and we’ve seen that it does break down [but] we still have to do a chemical test to see if it really did completely disintegrate. We’ve also done tests in moist compost-like soil and the material also breaks down,” Pascoe said.

In 2014, the process was registered with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), where Pascoe is now seeking a patent. When the innovation is patented, her process could be commercialized, offering companies a greener alternative to plastic.

Read: Here’s How You Can Easily Be More Green And Save Big

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