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22 #Immigrad Graduation Caps That No Dummy Can Ignore

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Dreamers and Latinx students are graduating college, and graduate programs all across the country this month y la raza is celebrating them. They have something to say about their experience in this America, and we’re here to see how they transform our society and achieve their dreams!

Oh, and they know how to design graduation caps. Mirálo and hear their stories.

1. “Hija de Immigrants”

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Caption: “The violence. The negligence. The alcohol addiction. the school drop outs. Incarceration. Deportation. The sadness. The cycle ENDS here. I did it. WE did it mommy and sibs. My mother was the first to invest in me and my siblings, and for that, I will forever be thankful.”


2. “Job Stealing Mexican.”

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Latino enrollment in college is at the highest it’s ever been, and while cost still remains an obstacle for many Latinos, we’re still stealing the show.

3. “I drink and I know things.”

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Some grads decided to tell it like it is on their caps. Y’know, I believe him. I definitely hit the books and bottles equally as hard when I was a college student.

4. “Por ustedes. Para ustedes.”

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Others used their caps as a way to pay tribute to their community and the people who came before them.

Translation: (Because of) you. For you.

5. For my mother, who crossed borders so that I can be here!

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Caption: “Proud son of immigrants, proud immigrant myself. In only 6 days I will be graduating with the highest honors distinction at Western Oregon University (Summa Cum Laude) with a GPA of 3.92. This has been an adventure full of barriers but after 5 years, I will be able to obtain two degrees (B.S and B.A) with a full ride scholarship that has allowed me to graduate debt free.”

6. “We were born to defeat and not to be defeated.”

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Caption: “One of the parts of my identity that I am most proud of is that I am a 1st generation immigrant. When I came here 20 years ago, my teachers & classmates thought I was mute because for the 1st 6 months of being in the U.S. I refused to speak to anyone unless it was in Spanish. There was a kid that used to tease me for not knowing the language & in very Michelle fashion, some of my 1st words in english were used to defend myself & call him a chicken?

On May 19th, I will graduate with 2 bachelor’s degrees from Southern Methodist University, one of which will be in English, with distinction?✨

This is for my parents. Everything I have accomplished & everything I will continue to accomplish in the future is because of the sacrifices, courage, support, & hard work they have done on behalf of my brothers & I. Who they are & all they do for us is the definition of love.

This is for my people & for all of the oppressed. I will use the opportunities I have been given to fight for us & to create spaces that include and cater to us, especially in the field of mental health as a clinical psychologist.

Congratulations to all graduates of 2018, especially the p.o.c., especially the 1st gens & the children of immigrants. Nacimos para vencer y no para ser vencidos-we were born to defeat & not to be defeated✊???? #latinxgrad#latinxgradcaps”

7. “Paciencia y Fe” plus, un dibujo of her abuelxs :’)

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Caption: “5 Years. From being denied in-state tuition, to being a part time student and full time employee + theatre, to being granted in-state tuition and finally attending VCU and learning from one of the top undergrad costume design programs in the country, and finally graduating and attending grad school in the fall. I am thankful for my friends and family, and abuelxs that have always looked over me and encouraged me to continue in my studies. Just 9 more days until graduation. Paciencia y Fe.”

8. Some quoted John Lennon.

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That line didn’t pack as big a punch as this cap and it’s drawing does though. Just think of all the generational labor it took for every single Latino in the U.S. to be here. And then to graduate college. We owe all this to our antepasados.

9. “Immigrad #HeretoSLAY”

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You know how all immigrants are #heretostay? Well these beauty school graduates will also be slaying. Thanks you for making America beautiful again.

10. I would pay MAGA people to have a chat with these wise grads.

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Here are the rules though:

  1. No yelling.
  2. Use full sentences only.
  3. Don’t be rude.

11. “Before they forget us, we will make history.”

CREDIT: @cristi_0092

And while much of our country is made on the backs of undocumented immigrants, Latinos are finally at the writing table of history. We have to keep supporting our Dreamers, because it looks like there’s still a fight ahead. #Drumpf

12. Of course, la caida de Edgar got a nod on graduation day.

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Caption: “Had to honor the childhood video that captured my undergrad experience, gracias Edgar ? #LatinxGradCaps”

13. “First my daughters, and now me.”

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Let’s not forget our less traditional grads. If I had a hat, I’d throw it in air for you, for being a shining example to your daughters and daughters everywhere. ?

14. Many grads were the first in their family to earn a college degree.

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Caption: “Master’s degree ✔ Para mis padres. Literally poured my ❤ into this cap. #latinxgrad #latinxgradcaps#primerageneracion #firstgeneration#educatedwoman”

15. And where there is fight, todavía, we find beauty.

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Caption: “There’s always beauty in the fight. Thank you to my parents and my loved ones.”

16. “I don’t study to know more, but to ignore less.”

CREDIT: @michiquitatmf / Instagram

Yo no estudio para saber más, sino para ignorar menos. THIS. THIS. THIS. ??

17. Then, there are los mujeres who live to stick it to The Man.

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?? WE ?? ARE ?? HERE ?? FOR ?? IT!!

18. Y’know, she asks a very valid question.

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Caption: “To all the #Dreamers, #undocugrads, and #immigrads; to all the children of mixed status families who have crossed borders and are now crossing the stage this weekend, you are what makes this country strong. Your resilience and hard work is resistance. We see you.”

19. “The first, but not the last.”

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Try to find a grad cap that doesn’t thank their parents. They raised us so well.

… but also, my God, THANK YOU for being the best.

20. “For my parents’ smile, which is worth a million.”

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Fun fact: in the last Presidential campaign of which we care not to speak of, Latinos polled education as their #1 special interest.

21. For some, the quinceañera dream never dies.

CREDIT: @salixjade / Twitter

You know her mom whipped out the bedazzle gun in the back of the craft closet for this high school grad. Dream big, girl, get that tiara!

22. We tip our non-grad caps to all the 2018 graduates this year!

CREDIT: @Carofrialine / Twitter

Are you graduating this year? Well, primera, congratulations! We’re here for you and support you and all your wildest dreams. If one of them is to be featured on mitú, we’ll support that too. ??‍♀️

Send us your cap @wearemitu or hashtag #LatinxGradCaps! Buena suerte!

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