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Fresno State’s graduation, Saturday at the Save Mart Center, was the largest class in the school’s history with more than 6,200 students meeting requirements.
But it’s the school’s Chicano and Latino Commencement Celebration that really is making headlines. It’s the largest event of its kind in California.
The community came out to represent and represent they did. It was the largest group the university has ever seen in 43 years of hosting the event.
Si se pudo!
This year, nearly 1,200 Latinos crossed the finish line and because it was so full there were nearly 100 more on a waiting list!
Seriously, people were waiting outside in the rain because the Save Mart Center, where the ceremony was held, had reached capacity.
Nearly half an hour into the ceremony, event organizers had to ask people to stop saving seats because family and friends were stuck outside in the rain trying to get in.
In an interview with the Fresno Bee, University First Lady Mary Castro referred to the huge attendance as “Bruno Mars numbers.”
Now that is serious graduation goals.
The commencement ceremony was a pure reflection and celebration of the Chicano and Latino identity.
The graduates and their families were serenaded by Mariachi Fresno State which played all the classics, including ‘Marcha de Zacatecas, and the traditional Mexican farewell song ‘Las Golondrinas.’
Then there was a 20-minute performance by Los Danzantes de Aztlan.
Many graduates took to Twitter to express their Latino pride and share their stories of struggle and success.
Many in this year’s graduating class were the first of their family to graduate from college. Others expressed how much pride and gratitude they had for their families, friends, even dogs, who all came together to help contribute to their success.
Some were just grateful for how much pride Fresno State takes in its Chicano and Latino-identifying students.
Like for real though, this is the biggest event of its kind in California and according to organizers possibly in the entire country. That deserves some serious respect.
Others took to Twitter to remind us that even at commencement ceremonies, we still know how to do great chisme.
Like shoutout to this señora for keeping it real.
And then there was this girl who’s novio just may win for best graduation gift. Ever.
Novios and novias take note: this is how you do graduation gifts.
When Guadalupe Rosales started the Instagram account “Veteranas and Rucas” it was meant to be a sort of archive for Southern California Chicano Life in the 1990s. It started off as a way to connect with people she lost contact with after she moved to New York. But after a while, the account took on a life of its own.
“‘Veterana’ means someone who has put in work or time in the gang culture, and ‘ruca’ is what you call your chick,” she told LA Weekly. “If you know these words, you can connect with me and the West Coast.”
And lots of people knew what she was talking about. As of now, the account has almost 200,000 followers. People are constantly visiting the page and posting their own pictures. Some are dedicating posts to loved ones they’ve lost and others are even finding relatives they’ve never met. Rosales herself, connected with her long lost best friend.
“I’ve had teens who are curious about their parents, who wonder how their parents met or knew their parents were from this gang or party crew, but they never experienced it,” Rosales says. “They’re learning history and at the same time trying to save and preserve it.”
What’s shocking to Rosales is that this life is not really chronicled anywhere. There are no archives helping preserve this side of history. So she contacted UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center and she will now be exhibiting photos, films and flyers from this time. Because, as Rosales says, “So many of us were part of it that it’s kind of like, ‘How could it not be important?’”