In a post shared to Twitter earlier this month, Anna Ocegueda can be seen donning her graduation robes alongside her parents, who are wearing their work attire. Her parents, from Mexico, are farm workers, according to NBC News.
Ocegueda, a 22-year old psychology major, captioned the post, “Por ustedes y para ustedes,” which translates to “because of you, and for you.” NBC News reported that Ocegueda will be the first person in her family to graduate from a four-year university.
— Crybaby (@fuhckenanna) May 6, 2019
Anna Ocegueda is the daughter of migrant farm workers from Mexico and as 1 of 5 children, is the first in her family to graduate from a four-year university. This weekend, she receives her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. https://t.co/MJvnaZu5vo #firstgen pic.twitter.com/CmILaJclA9
— UC Merced (@ucmerced) May 15, 2019
“My parents came here for a better future and a better life for their children,” Ocegueda told The Fresno Bee. “The educational opportunities weren’t great. My parents encouraged me to better my education so I wouldn’t have to work in the fields like them.”
She said she was shocked by how the post resonated widely across social media users.