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For the Doubters, Here is a Sick Stat on Latinos and School

Time to throw those caps in the air! Since the graduating year of 2011, more and more Latinos are graduating high school across the country.

In fact, high school rates have been breaking records four years in a row. With the rate standing at 76.3 percent in 2014, there was more than 5-point increase compared to the school year 2010-2011.

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It’s even higher in Texas, where the rate is 84.2 percent, and in California with a 77 percent for the 2013-2014 school year. There’s also a spike among English learners where the rate stands at 62.6 percent compared to 57 percent in 2010-2011.

No doubt, la educación hace la diferencia!

Read more about Latinos graduating from NBC News here.

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TV Special “Graduate Together” Gave The Class Of 2020 A Special Send-Off

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TV Special “Graduate Together” Gave The Class Of 2020 A Special Send-Off

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Events across the world have been canceled because of Covid-19. This includes concerts, music festivals, Pride parades, and major sporting events. Yet, for high school seniors, their high school will end without the same traditions that many have enjoyed like prom and graduation.

LeBron James celebrated the graduating class of 2020 on a special night on television.

“You should’ve had a real graduation, I know. You should’ve had an incredible senior year, I know that as well. But you made a sacrifice, and you did it to keep your community safe and healthy,” James said during the broadcast.

James continued: “Our school are our safety net. Our people build our communities. To the class of 2020, as you celebrate tonight, do not forget your safety net. Every teacher, every coach, every pastor, they along with your friends and family got you to this moment. And now, it’s time to go to a new place.”

The special was filled with celebrities and public figures offering students words of encouragement as they close this chapter of their lives.

“Congratulations to everyone graduating,” Bad Bunny told the class of 2020 in Spanish. “I know that we are going through a very difficult and strong time for use, but we have to stay strong and don’t forget to be thankful and smile, even though I know that sometimes we don’t even want to smile. We have to look for a way to do it and stay positive.”

The musician added: “Work hard on everything that you set out to do, on all your goals, but remember that it doesn’t matter what we achieve. The most important thing is to respect each other. It’s respect and the values that we put into practice day to day that say who you are. They are what define us as people. Success is not measured in money. Success, to me, is the experiences and memories that we carry in our hearts forever.”

Zendaya gave the students, and teachers, a special message for the commencement ceremony.

The actress gave a special shoutout at the beginning of her speech to teachers. Zendaya noted that her mother is a teacher so she has first-hand knowledge of how hard teachers are working during this time. Hosting classes via Zoom with children is not the easiest way to teach in the world.

Zendaya then turned her talk to the graduating seniors. While the viral outbreak has interrupted the lives of billions of people, graduation is not the only defining moment of being a high school senior. Instead, Zendaya tries to remind the graduating class of 2020 that it is a series of life events that define your senior year. There is so much that people go through from the time they start school to the time they finish that truly define them and their experience. One moment, while memorable, is not the only thing that makes senior year the experience it is.

The class of 2020 was treated to a special shoutout from President Barack Obama.

Pres. Obama started by giving the students the same tired and true line. He highlighted how the adults that are making decisions are not all-knowing and are in fact learning as they go. This is something that we have all heard when we were younger but, for some reason, coming from Pres. Obama, it sounds empowering and calming. It really reminded people of what a president should sound like when addressing the American public.

Pres. Obama did call on the students to act differently then they had seen from some people in power. Specifically, Pres. Obama wanted to let students know that there was a right and a wrong way to respond to major events.

“Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy — that’s how little kids think,” Pres. Obama told the seniors. He added. “Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way — which is why things are so screwed up.”

The special ended with a performance from the Jonas Brothers and Karol G.

“Taping our performance was amazing to me,” Karol G told Billboard about her performance. “I enjoyed it as if it were my own graduation. To have the opportunity to reach so many people, give them a good time despite all we’re going through, to celebrate with them this special date … It meant a lot to me.”

READ: Here’s To The Latina Graduates of 2020!

Adam Martinez Started Wearing Upsidedown Lashes, Heavy Contour And His Character Rosa Soon Became One Of The Most Famous Tiktok Faces

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Adam Martinez Started Wearing Upsidedown Lashes, Heavy Contour And His Character Rosa Soon Became One Of The Most Famous Tiktok Faces

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Adam Martinez, also known as @adamrayokay on TikTok, is giving us all of the relatable comedy we need right now. Martinez is the mastermind behind the most relevant social media personality right now: Rosa. So, dude, come here and let’s check out some of Rosa’s best TikToks.

We all know a Rosa from our time in high school and she is the most memorable person from those years.

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POV: Rosa gets invited to @jamescharles house and gets a little CARRIED AWAY😭😭 ##fyp ##foryou ##rosa

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You know, that one friend who was always asking you for things because she never had or wanted to spend the money on getting it herself. She never really cared about what it was or how much it was. If she wanted it and you had it she felt like you owed to her because she was your friend.

Lowkey, you always kind of loved how outspoken and fun she was in even the most mundane moments.

@adamrayokay

POV: Rosa’s valentine has no chill, even while ordering food😭😭 ##fyp ##viral ##foryou

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No matter what is happening in her life, Rosa can always find the humor and can make anyone around her cackle. There’s a reason she always had friends wherever she went. Honestly, Rosa knows how to make sure everyone is in on the jokes she can’t stop laughing about.

She always swore that anyone looking at her wanted more than just a passing glance.

@adamrayokay

POV: Rosa thinks everyone likes her cause she caught them looking 😂😩 ##fyp ##viral ##foryou

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You remember those moments when she caught someone’s eye out in public. She was the first to call them out and start telling them that they are clearly into her. That kind of confidence is something we should all learn to take with us into adulthood.

Even though you would be stuck with her for the day, it was fun to give her rides when she needed anything.

@adamrayokay

POV: Rosa needs your car and she’ll give you 2 bucks😩😂 ##fyp ##viral ##foryou we hit 500K….. I fucking love y’all💞

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And we mean anything. She was the wild one that also somehow had things together. Her open and honest communication really made you feel closer to her because she just made you feel like a close friend.

Did we mention her wanting things you had?

@adamrayokay

POV: Rosa catches you in the hall and knows you got a dollar for her😭 ##fyp ##viral ##foryoupage

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If you could count up all of the dollars you have given her since you knew her you could have a nice retirement fund. Yet, somehow, you never really minded or the life experience with Rosa was enough for you to justify giving her the dollars. And even though she was so forward, you never resented or dreaded her.

You still live for her stories of the pendejadas she got into the night before.

@adamrayokay

POV: Rosa shows up with a hickey and it catches the teachers attention😭😩 ##fyp ##viral ##foryou thank you SO MUCH for 300k!!💗

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Her stories were mostly unbelievable. How could she possibly be involved with the kinds of things that happened to her? Honestly, she is just one of those people who always just finds herself in wild situations and always lives to tell the tale.

She was also the first LGBTQ+ ally you ever met and it was so nice to have her on your side.

@adamrayokay

POV: Rosa finds out her 8th period partner is gay😭😂 ##fyp ##viral ##foryou

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For that, we thank all of the Rosas in the world. Keep being your loud, unapologetic, and most authentic self, girl. We love you!

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