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Selena Gomez Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Experience in Virtual Graduation Address

“I’m a proud third-generation American-Mexican, and my family’s journey and their sacrifices helped me get to where I am today,” said the singer.

Selena Gomez participated in Define American’s virtual graduation celebration over the weekend, honoring immigrant students who completed college this academic year.
In the hopeful message, Gomez recounted her own family’s immigrant experience and how their sacrifices paved the way for her life and career.
“Regardless of where your family is from, regardless of your immigration status, you have taken action to earn an education, to make your families proud, and to open up your worlds,” said Gomez in her message.

Magazine, Entertainment, The Immigrant Experience, Culled from BAZAAR

Selena Gomez showed her support for immigrant college students experiencing more unusual graduation ceremonies this year. The singer recorded a hopeful message that was part of Define American’s virtual graduation ceremony over the weekend. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many colleges and universities have hosted virtual graduation ceremonies adhering to stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines. In the address, Gomez recounted part of her family’s experience as immigrants and how their sacrifices helped shape who she is today.

“Congratulations to all the immigrads! I know that this is a virtual ceremony, but it is very real. And it’s very real to all the families, and all of you and your communities,” said Gomez during the #Immigrad 2020 Virtual Commencement. “I want you guys to know that you matter. And that your experiences are a huge part of the American story.” Read more

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