These Graduates Are Using The Hashtag #Immigrad To Celebrate Their Hard Work And Heritage

"Dreams without borders."

It's graduation season, and students around the country are claiming their diplomas and celebrating their hard work. For immigrants and the children of immigrants, the achievement of graduating college can be especially meaningful. 

Many of these graduates are sharing their stories and thanking their families on social media using the hashtag #Immigrad. The movement was started through a partnership between the organizations Define American and Undocumedia

"Graduation is an important day for everyone, but for many children of immigrants, it is the very reason they are in this country," it says on Define American's website. "We want to celebrate all immigrant graduates and their families and recognize them for achieving this milestone."

Graduates from various backgrounds answered the call and posted their graduation photos using the hashtag. Many shared pictures of their graduation caps, which were beautifully decorated with empowering messages, such as the one above, which reads, "My parents crossed the border so I could cross this stage!" Another simply reads, "Dreams without borders."

Some posted photos with their parents, thanking them for their sacrifices and support. Some moved to the United States as children, without knowing English. Some are undocumented. Some have plans to attend graduate school. Captions of varying lengths contain their unique stories, but the theme that connects all of them is pride. 

Research has found that in 2014, 29 percent of adult immigrants had a college degree. The number has only gotten bigger over the decades, increasing at twice the rate of U.S.-born adults. Considering the current political climate, and the hostility that so many face each day, the #Immigrad hashtag is a welcome collection of positivity for the immigrant experience.

Check out several inspiring examples below, and see more on Instagram and Twitter:

The cap says it all🌹 ft. @hatecopy 👩‍🎓💫 Today, my brother and I celebrate our crown givers, our immigrant parents. Today we graduated. We're not living the American Dream, we're living the Immigrant Dream. I never imagined my father would sacrifice his health for me so that I could get an education. During my first semester at Sac State, my father was diagnosed with a diabetic eye disease. I cannot express to you the guilt I felt after finding out. My father did not want to spend a dime on his health because he wanted to put my brother & I through school. My father suffered in silence, he kept his vision troubles to himself until one day he almost crashed his truck into oncoming traffic. My father does not have the most glamorous job. He is a farm worker that loves what he does, but with diabetes it is hard to love a job that is harsh on your body. I feel as if God has a special way of nudging us in life. If God didn't step in when he did then today my father would be blind; meaning my father wouldn't have been able to see my brother and I walk across the stage. I will be honest, I am amazed at how I got here today, but then again I know why I am here today. If my father could push through the pain, as I know he did --then I can easily place a college degree in his hardworking hands. Our parents suffer in silence so we can be blessed with success. On many occasions, I have held my father when his blood sugar was too low. On many occasions, I have been a witness to his pain. On many occasions, I have felt guilty because I wished to be the one suffering instead. When I say that I am proud to be the daughter of immigrants, I do not say this lightly. I am charmed to the moon to say that I will be the first person out of my family to go to grad school this fall. These last 5 years have been a journey, but we made it Ma & Dad! Much love & Light to the class of 2017💫🌹 P.S @SacState this daughter of immigrants still has more to offer, see you in the fall🍂 ______________ #StingersUp #MadeAtSacState #SacState #GradCap #GradSchool #Immigrants #Indian #India #SouthAsian #Sikh #Graduation #Diabetes #Diabetic #SacstateGrad #immigrad

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My sister's grad cap! ❤️ #firstgeneration #latinxgradcaps #immigrad

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