We, the class of 2020, stand united despite all of the obstacles thrown our way, through the challenges of the past four years and beyond the pandemic. Our stories and our families’ stories are the American story.
Why an #Immigrad Commencement?
Imagine being the first in your family to graduate from high school or college. The excitement and joy that rushes through your body – and through your entire family tree – as you’re about to receive your degree is indescribable.
Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, many students won’t be able to experience those feelings because their schools have canceled graduation ceremonies.
“For most students, graduation vindicates all the challenges, hardships and accomplishments we’ve worked for throughout our undergraduate years. But for students from immigrant families, like mine, the cap and gown and walking across that stage represents a defining moment for our collective presence in this, our adopted home,” says Sam Tuero, Define American chapter member and Rutgers-Camden political science graduate.
What is #Immigrad Commencement?
Define American, FWD.us, United We Dream, I Am An Immigrant and Golden Door Scholars are hosting a virtual commencement on Saturday, May 23 for students across the country to celebrate their accomplishments with family, friends and supporters.
This commencement will build on our annual #Immigrad campaign that highlights the stories of college and high school graduates from immigrant families. Since launching in 2017, #Immigrad has taken off on social media and received significant press attention. It has become an annual rite of passage for thousands of graduates.
Are you a first, second or third generation immigrant – or a friend to the immigrant community on your campus – who is graduating from high school or college this year? Join us in celebrating your accomplishments, resiliency and legacy.
Read more about Define American’s Chapters program.