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College senior goes viral for graduation tribute to immigrant farm worker parents | TheHill

A Latina college senior’s tribute to her immigrant farm worker parents is going viral this week just days before she’s set to graduate from the University of California, Merced.

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.

POR USTEDES Y PARA USTEDES #HijaDeInmigrantes #2MoreWeeks pic.twitter.com/gTcdwOysTX

— 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

The post has racked up more than 16,000 likes and over 4,000 retweets since it was first shared on Twitter nine days ago.

Ocegueda told NBC News that she came up with the idea to take the photo as part of a school assignment that required students to use art as a means to address a political issue.

“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.

“I think people relate to it because they know what it’s like to have parents who are working difficult jobs to support us,” she told NBC News.

“They know that going to school will be a way to build a better life not only for themselves but for their parents as well,” she continued.

Ocegueda will be graduating from the University of California, Merced, on Sunday. She told the outlet that she plans to relocate to nearby San Francisco for work after graduating.

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