Graduation season is fully upon us, and in venues across the United States, something inspirational is taking shape. Though Latino enrollment in two- and four-year colleges has risen in the last decade, graduation rates still lag behind other groups. But whether they’re the first in their family to attend college, they’re undocumented immigrants, or they’ve had other unsurmountable obstacles stand in their way, they made it.

Just like last year, Latina Rebels – the collective working to empower the Latino community – encouraged 2017 graduates to send in pictures of their caps. And once again, graduates delivered touching, motivational, and personal messages about their journey and the sacrifices their families have made. Through Latina Rebels’ #LatinxGradCaps hashtag, we rounded up 25 of the best messages, so get your tissues ready.

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Congrats to this #immigrad! We want to hear your stories of migration, no matter where you're from, this #graduation season. Visit the link in the bio to have your story featured on DefineAmerican.com. #Repost @calderon.kenia ・・・ Y Seguiré Volando | And I'll keep Flying I'll keep flying because my parents have already sacrifice too much for me. They made the hard decision to take my siblings and I out of El Salvador giving up their careers, family members, and their freedom. I'll keep flying because a lack of legal status hasn't not slowed me down before and it won't slow me down now. I'll keep flying for my undocumented community, 11 million strong, who is here to stay. #Unafraid #Unapologetic #Salvadoran #EducationNotDeportation #Latina #latinxgradcaps #latinxgrad #salvisgetdegrees #Immigrads

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"89% of low income First Generation students leave college within 6 years without their degree" all the work and dedication towards my dream has been motivated by my family, my husband, and my community. I am the first girl in my family to graduate college and this means the world to me for several reasons. 1. For my Parents and my siblings, we had every disadvantage possible but God was there with us to guide us and protect us. I pray God can guide and help my sisters just as he helped me. We are 2 for 5, and I can't wait to see my sisters accomplish their dreams as well. 2. For my Husband, Dean was my first college counselor, he told me what I needed to do since the beginning and was there by my side to help me when I needed it the most. I can't wait till we are blessed with a little ones, who we can continue to inspire and teach our amazing history and culture. 3. Por mi Raza! Hice esto para mi comunidad. Voy a seguir ayudando a los adultos jóvenes a llegar a la universidad y darles la información que los niños de primera generación carecen. 1 month till graduation ✊ #latinxgrads #latinxgradcaps #latina #ucrgrad #firstgeneration #firstgenerationcollegestudent #childofimmigrants #hijadeimmigrantes #colimamexico #laraza #futurecounselor #gradschoolbound #gradschoolprep #alturagrad17

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30 years ago my parents carried their firstborn across El Rio on a lanchita, with the aspiration that one day their children would have a life different than theirs. Graduating from college is insignificant compared to the hardships my parents have endured. I will never be able to repay them for everything they have given my sisters and myself. No hay un día que pasa en que no pienso en todos los sacrificios que mis padres han hecho por mis hermanas y yo. Everything I do, is with them in mind. As an artist, my parents' resilience and spirit is an art form I will never be able to recreate or achieve in my lifetime. I am the fruit of their hard labor and determination, just like the fruit picked with their callused hands. When I say "borders ain't shit," I mean it con todo mi corazón. My existence and that of other immigrant children is a testament to our parents' resistance. The border does not define us. The border did not stop us, because borders ain't shit compared to us. ✊✊✊✊✊ . . . . . . #LatinxGradCaps #Latinx #SecondGenerationImmigrant #Graduation #CSUF #Loteria #Chicano #Xicano

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I have been getting a lot of messages about my graduation cap and well here's a closer look. 1. ‍‍‍I originally was going to do "Hija de inmigrantes" but I was not totally convinced, and somehow I came across "Cuando me vean volar recuerden ustedes me pintaron mis alas" and fell in love with it. I'm still learning how to use my "wings" and fly, but I will never forget how my immigrant parents were the ones who gave them to me with their hard work and support. 2. The Butterflies: When I thought of wings, I instantly thought butterflies. Butterflies have become the symbol of immigration( Monarchs specifically), which connects to being a daughter of immigrants. Not only that, but my name means butterfly. 3. The Roses: I connected the roses with being Xicana and not forgetting my Mexican culture, as well as symbolizing my faith and my personal "blooming". #latinxgradcaps #brownpride #undocumedia #hijadeinmigrantes #laluchasigue #xicanaxingona

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Orgullo salvadoreño ✊#utgrad

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My graduation cap! "Vuela tan alto como puedas sin olvidar de dónde vienes" My cap has artesanías from my beloved city of Durango, the city where I grew up, where I learned to dream, where my parents taught me that my dreams didn't and shouldn't have borders! And like the monarchs, we migrated, my mom crossed the border so that I could cross this stage. I am a first generation latino, who came to the us at the age of sixteen, who didn't speak any English, but with a head full of dreams. I am no where near where I want to be, but I keep walking and working towards my goals. Lo mejor de todo, es que jamás se me ha olvidado de donde vengo, y es un orgulloso ser mexicano, ser de Durango, poner el nombre de mi país y estado en alto! #uic #uicgrad #latinxgrad #latinxgradcaps #durangomx #durangomexico #durangoeselcorazondemexico #loves_durango

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"para mi familia" via @ringroundrosy ❤️ #latinxgradcaps #latinxgrads

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Sunday prep #extra #latinxgradcaps #latinxgrads @latinarebels #sdsu #gradcap #sdsugrad

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via @breeoloogy #latinxgradcaps #latinxgrads

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via @yvexan #latinxgradcaps #latinxgrads ✊

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