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Dedication To Parents of Graduates


Yolanda Barrera

When I was a child, I dreamt that I would be a teacher, a doctor an attorney.

That I would be someone special.

Someone that my parents would feel proud to say, “This is my daughter”.

When I was a child I heard “This life is not for you “mi’ja”

“It is very hard to pick oranges” “Study mi’ja, study so you do not suffer like us.”

When I was a child I suffered

Seeing my parents’ sacrifices for me.

Seeing how tired they were after work.

Seeing their anxiety about life.

I knew they had been robbed of a better future

because of the discrimination,

the poverty and the lack of education.

Today, I say, Mom and Dad, you have given me everything

My life, My intelligence, My strength, My desire to be better.

On this day, I am so proud of you for what you have accomplished.

While I am the one who graduated,

This is your honor.

Because of you, I fought, persevered, And overcame all obstacles.

Congratulations Mom and Dad.



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