These Instagram hashtags signal the journey behind the degree
Graduating from college is no easy feat, which the 33.4% of Americans 25 or older who’ve achieved bachelor degrees or higher can attest to.
Aside from the hard work and the cost involved, many students have overcome personal hardships to finish their degrees.
Many new graduates have taken to social media to share about their backgrounds, their goals, and the struggles they’ve had to conquer before walking across the stage — using a few hashtags in particular to highlight shared personal stories and connect with others who have gone through similar hardships.
The hashtag #ImmiGrad, which currently has 1,255 posts, was created by @DefineAmerican and @UndocuMedia for immigrant graduates and children of immigrants to share the sacrifices they and their families have made for their success.
Incoming University of Pittsburgh freshman Antonio Ponce writes, “But what I’m trying to get at is that this certificate is a testimony to my hard work and this is only the beginning of my accomplishments as I continue the betterment of the crooked images of many low-income, immigrant and minority students.”
UCLA graduate Denea Joseph shared a touching message her aunt told her about her journey: “The last time my Aunt visited from Belize, she told me, ‘You’re blessed and highly favored. Only God could’ve hand picked you from Belize, Central America to have made it to where you are today.’”
The hashtag #FirstGenerationCollegeStudent has given over 3,000 Instagram users who are the first in their families to graduate a way to celebrate.
Incoming University of Southern California freshman Andre Luna writes that his graduation wasn’t just about him.
Cornell graduate Elizabeth Selva wrote, “It still hasn’t hit me that my time on the hill is over. It still hasn’t hit me that I’m a first generation, Latina Ivy League Alumna. I just spent four years 1000+ miles away from home with some of the most brilliant people on Earth.”
Graduates are also celebrating with the hashtag #IssaGraduate, using the slang term “Issa” for “it’s a,” which was popularized by rapper 21 Savage. About 4,000 users have posted with the hashtag.
And cue the waterworks for this one: Instagram user @Milleboy2x shared how he proud he was of his mother after her graduation.
University of Miami graduate Christa Reneé wrote, “For every time I didn’t think this day would come to be, I learned just how powerful an optimistic, determined, and passionate spirit really is.”
Howard University Graduate Itoya Ehikhamenor’s caption game is strong with these photos from her high school and college graduations.