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Her Parents Worked In Fields For 25 Years To Give Her The Opportunity To Go To College

When immigrants speak about the importance of coming to the U.S. to build a better life for their children, the statement may seem too broad for some to understand what that truly means. For people with privileged backgrounds, the idea that immigrants would work multiple jobs, cleaning houses, working the fields outside in extreme temperatures, or the endless type of work that they would never comprehend about doing, is something not even on their radar.

For children of immigrants, we can understand that because that is all we know. That’s why moments like prom, graduation, or landing that first job is such a big deal.

A Latina honored her hardworking parents by appearing alongside them in her college graduation cap and gown.

Anna Ocegueda, a 22-year-old, who will be graduating from the University of California Merced tweeted a picture of her mom and dad in their working clothes.

Her parents have been working in the agriculture fields for more than 25 years.

“Knowing they’re out there working in the hot sun kept me going and doing it for them,” Ocegueda told NBC News.

Her viral tweet included the phrase, “Por Ustedes y Para Ustedes.”

“I think people relate to it because they know what it’s like to have parents who are working difficult jobs to support us,” she said. “They know that going to school will be a way to build a better life not only for themselves but for their parents as well.”

People on social media are praising her and her parents. They’re also sharing their own stories of persrervernce as children of immigrants.

They raise her right!

She also got a major shoutout from her own school.

UC Merced is a great school and they’re so supportive of their students.

The university chancellor responded to her tweet as well.

We bet they’re going to get an increase of admission applications from Latinx children of immigrants.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Her parents must be so proud.

These are the stories we live for!

With so much negativity out in the world, this tweet totally makes up for it.

So many amazing first generation college grads.

Just like their parents, they too have overcome so much.

If you’re ever feeling hopeless about finishing school, this picture will help.

If she can do it, you can too.

She has a couple of more weeks to go!

We hope she posts a video of the big moment as well.

The UC system is a great institution for Latinx students.

Congrats, Anna!

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