For many students, the school year is almost over and for some, graduation is on its way and a lot of Latinxs grads don’t take this milestone lightly. In fact, back in 2016 Latina Rebels founder Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez started the hashtag #LatinxGradCaps. A follower on social media had sent her an image of her graduation cap that was decorated in Latin pride and from there it went viral.
Considering the political climate that we’re currently living in and the racial tension that still very much exists in the states—especially towards the Latino community—Latinx grads are using their graduation caps as a way to not only express their cultural pride but also as a means to prove that with hard work, support, and determination we can in fact, get far.
It appears that the #LatinxGradCaps tradition is going to be going on for a while because it’s still very much alive this year with students having already posted this month. But what really stood out to me, are the number of caps that are specifically dedicated to these first generation Latinx’ parents. So many of them wrote kind messages on their caps thanking their hard-working immigrant folks for sacrificing so much, so that they could have the privilege of being able to receive a higher education. It’s the kind of thing that will make you feel proud, inspired—maybe even emotional. Thinking of decorating your own graduation cap this year? Check out the below for inspiration!
For my family.
This graduation cap speaks to the reality of how so many students with Latino and immigrant parents express their gratitude to them. This beautiful creation created by a first generation Latina is not only sweet but really hits at the core of the immigrant experience and the importance of having family support.