Graduating is a huge milestone for a lot of students, but receiving that piece of paper for students of immigrant parents is much, much deeper. Against all odds, through every struggle, these parents have persisted in hopes of giving their children a better future.
To celebrate the immigrants who turned dreams into realities, Define American, a non-profit media and culture organization, created the #ImmiGrad hashtag. "Graduation is an important day for everyone, but for many children of immigrants, it is the very reason they are in this country," Define America states.
The hashtag immediately gained traction on Instagram, allowing recent grads to share their beautiful and empowering messages of immigrant pride — and here are 13 heartfelt #ImmiGrad stories that will bring you to tears: