Immigrant graduates in the United States are taking the time to celebrate their milestone. Many have taken to social media to thank their communities and families for the sacrifices they made. Now, a collective of immigrant advocacy organizations have organized what they’re calling #Immigrad2020—a virtual celebration happening Saturday, May 23 at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST.
Define American is hosting the event and working alongside major organizations with a presence on campuses including FWD.us, Golden Door Scholars, I Am An Immigrant and United We Dream.
The ceremony will include student speakers who will share their personal stories alongside surprise guests. Jeanine Mason, star of “Roswell, New Mexico” who made history when she became the first Cuban-American to win“So You Think You Can Dance,” is the keynote speaker.
“I would like to preemptively thank these graduates for the brilliant work they’ll be doing out in the world. On behalf of their communities and their people. We are lucky to have them leading the way and I can’t wait to see them out there,” Mason tells Remezcla.
According to Define American, more than 300 students are registered from at least 30 states and more than 200 schools. Graduates and attendees can both register on the website where they’ll also find more information on the student speakers and fellow immigrant graduates who have registered.
This commencement celebration is for first, second or third-generation immigrant students, and friends of the immigrant community on campuses across the country. The live stream will be available on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
“I’m so excited for Saturday, especially for the stories from the grads, and for the opportunity to celebrate together, with their families and supporters,” Valeria Rodriguez, national campus coordinator at Define American and founder of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Define American Chapter, says. “Many immigrads—and I was one of them a few years ago—have to seek out community since our education systems are largely unfamiliar with our needs. This event represents that community in a huge way.”