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Aliento Grad eCommencement with Reyna Montoya

Date(s): Friday, May 30, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Celebration, Ceremony
Genre and Form(s): Community, Latinx
Cost: Free

Grad eCommencement: Class of 2020 Celebration Ceremony

Start: Saturday, May 30, 2020 4:00 PM

Arizona (GMT-07:00)

End: Saturday, May 30, 2020 6:00 PM

Arizona (GMT-07:00)

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    Sponsored by: Aliento

    About this Event

    Imagine being a first generation student and feeling a deep sense of pride as graduation is coming to celebrate this milestone with friends, family, teachers, and mentors. Many schools had to make the tough decision of cancelling or postponing graduations and some are doing virtual engagements. As we kept hearing from our students about the longing of graduating we wanted to take a moment to celebrate their accomplishments in community, because there is always hope, even during a pandemic. We at Aliento believe it is important for students to have a space to celebrate their accomplishments and milestones with their loved ones and our community. We deeply understand that it takes a village and the Class of 2020 deserves to be celebrated!

    Join us to celebrate the hard work, dedication and accomplishments of the Class of 2020 as we commemorate such a special time in a students’ academic journey at our virtual bilingual commencement ceremony!

    This event is intended to celebrate high school graduates, community college graduates and university graduates. We want to highlight the diversity of stories of the class of 2020, especially children of immigrants, DACAmented students, undocumented students, students who come from mixed status families, first generation students, and the larger Aliento student community who have shown commitment to collective healing + transformative action!

    Please note: the deadline to register for this events is May 22, 2020, 11:59 pm PST

    About the Author

    Photograph of Reyna Montoya in a front of a prickly pear cactus
    Reyna Montoya is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow, a 2017 Echoing Green Fellow , a Forbes: 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, and an ATHENA 2019 recipient by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce among many other awards.
    A stylized puff of air in blue on a pink background with the word "Aliento" underneath in white

    We are a community organization that is DACA, undocumented, and youth-led. We are directly impacted people and allies who are invested in the well being, emotional healing, and leadership development of those impacted by the inequalities of lacking an immigration status.

    We envision youth and children having access to transformative experiences where they are co-create spaces of healing and are trained to become agents of change in their communities. Our hope at Aliento is to reshape the image of who immigrants are and shine a light on the unheard voices of our society.