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[VIDEO] Graduate Makes His Family Proud And Finds Out In The Most Emotional Way Possible

Getting through college, earning your degree, and graduating is not an easy process – especially when you’re a first-generation college student. But despite the stress and sleepless nights, reaching the finish line is the best feeling in the world because you know you’ll be able to share in the glory with your friends and family.

Or at least that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

For one college student, things didn’t work out that way and his story is now going viral.

In the Twitter video, a young graduate gets emotional after hearing the voice of his recently deported papi in a teddy bear.

The video has already been viewed more than 200,000 times and received hundreds of comments.

According to the video, his parents were recently deported and his sister bought him a teddy bear that had a recording of his father’s voice.

The father goes on to tell his son how proud he is of his son’s accomplishments and omg we can’t handle all the emotion.

I’m not crying, you’re crying!

For real though, like we are all crying.

Many on Twitter took this as a chance to remind everyone you never know how much time you have with your family.

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So make sure to treat every moment with them like it could be your last.

And others wanted to give a shout out to the young boy who, despite the trauma and stress of the situation, is still making his dreams come true.

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Like seriously, the boy loses his parents to deportation. Imagine the trauma and sadness he must be experiencing. Yet somehow he’s found the strength to not give up on his dreams.

En serio…this kid is making us all so proud.

Keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to make your parents even more proud.

The compassionate sister also got loads of shout outs from a truly awe-inspired Twitter.

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For facing such a traumatic situation herself, props to her for trying to bring some light and joy into her brother’s life on this very special day.

Some Dads on Twitter spoke up and couldn’t imagine having had this happen to them or their children.

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Sure, it’s not the America we’re told about or taught about in class but it’s the America that we are living in and this is happening to thousands of people in our community.

The #KeepFamiliesTogether was invoked dozens of times in comments begging for the recent graduate to be reunited with his family.

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The Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane treatment of children and families has been a rallying cry for activists and community leaders to stand up and demand justice for families who have been separated.

And some on Twitter wanted to make sure that no matter how alone he feels without his parents, he has an entire new set of allies in his corner.

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As a recent graduate, you work so hard and always hope to be able to share that special moment with your closest friends and family – especially your papas who helped make it happen with their love and encouragement.

Some on Twitter pointed out that the video is actually from last year when the boy in the video lost his father in a car accident and his mother gave him the teddy bear. Truly heartbreaking.

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Selena Gomez Offered A Special Commencement Speech To Immigrads Celebrating Their Special Achievement

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Selena Gomez Offered A Special Commencement Speech To Immigrads Celebrating Their Special Achievement

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It is graduation season and Covid-19 has changed how we conduct graduation ceremonies. This year, few high school seniors will be able to walk across the stage as states and counties protect their health and offer graduation alternatives. Celebrities have stepped up to give these seniors special commencement speeches.

Selena Gomez wanted to give immigrads a special commencement speech honoring their experience.

“Congratulations to all of the Immigrads,” Gomez says int he video. “I know that this is a virtual ceremony, but it is very real and it is very real to all of the families, and all of you, and your communities. I want you guys to know that you matter and that your experiences are a huge part of the American story.”

Gomez used her speech to connect with the immigrant graduates by relating to their stories.

“When my family came here from Mexico, they set into motion my American story, as well as theirs,” Gomez says. “I’m a proud third-generation American-Mexican, and my family’s journey and their sacrifices helped me get me to where I am today. Mine is not a unique story. Each and every one of you have a similar tale of becoming an American.”

Gomez gave her address for Define American, an immigrant-led organization.

Define American “is a narrative and culture change organization that uses media and the power of storytelling to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America,” reads the website.

Gomez fans are here to support the singer and her speech.

Gomez has used her platform to confront major topics in American politics and society. She produced “13 Reasons Why” to enter the conversation about teenage suicide and has used her social media platform to celebrate undocumented immigrants chasing the American Dream.

Gomez ended her speech giving all of the immigrads some words of encouragement.

“So, regardless of where your family is from, regardless of your immigration status, you have taken action to earn an education, to make your families proud, and to open up your worlds,” Gomez says. “So, I’m sending all of my love to you guys today, and congratulations, and I hope that you guys are set off to be everything that you want to be.”

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A Sanitation Worker Who Lost His Two Daughters Asked To Serenade These Two Graduates On The Street And It Will Break You

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A Sanitation Worker Who Lost His Two Daughters Asked To Serenade These Two Graduates On The Street And It Will Break You

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It’s not all blue news these days.

In fact, as the Class of 2020 prepares to launch their caps into the air of opportunity, there’s actually quite a bit to look forward to. Even as we face a world of uncertainty and stress during these times. Two high school graduates received this lesson of hope, positivity, and looking forward to the future when they stepped outside for photos to celebrate their graduation.

Jayden Ines Gutierrez was taking snaps of her two cousins preparing to graduate from high school when she captured a pretty endearing moment.

While sporting their caps and gowns Gutierrez’s cousins were posing for pictures when an Ontario waste truck stopped before them and a sanitation worker made a request. The man, identified as Bruce Johnson, asked if he could serenade the two graduates. Turns out, he picked a Whitney Houston classic. That’s right, to celebrate the students the man sang the lyrics to “Greatest Love Of All.”

“I’m crying. My sister & cousin, we’re just taking pictures outside & this WONDERFUL man stopped by. Thank you Bruce & R.I.P to his girls who passed away,” Gutierrez wrote in a post on Twitter.

“When I see girls do what you do, I celebrate,” the sanitation driver, encouraged the two graduates to “always keep reaching.” He also urged them to “keep working hard and making your family proud.”

The sweet moment had a pretty heartbreaking twist, unfortunately.

Johnson revealed to them that he lost two daughters, one of which according to DailyBulletin.com was a junior in high school, tragic car accidents. Johnson explained to the students that he’s often compelled to sing whenever he sees women on the road to graduation because he cannot help but think about them.

As of Monday, Gutierrez’s video received 1.8 million views and 37,700 likes.

“I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way,” Johnson sang to the girls in a truly beautiful voice. “Let the children’s laughter remind us how it used to be.”

No doubt the comments on Twitter were filled with a babble of crying emojis.

Fortunately, Gutierrez says she’s yet to see a single negative comment from users online. “No one has said one single bad thing about it. I’ve never seen that on Twitter before,” she said. According to Guiterrez, her sister, Jule Gutierrez, is graduating from Corona High School and her cousin, Jada Rancharan, is graduating from Colony High School in Ontario.