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The #Undocugrad hashtag spread like wildfire across Twitter this weekend, with undocumented students sharing their graduation triumphs with the world.

More than just the typical “I did it” messages we’re used to seeing this time of year, the “Undocugrads” inspired social media with their gratitude, thanking their parents for the sacrifices made to get them to this point.

These undocumented students are telling a much bigger story than your average commencement address. They’re telling the story of their family’s determined journey to create a better life. They’re stories of sacrifice, love, and survival in the face of incredible odds.

Here are our favorite 19 #Undocugrad tweets…

…and you may want to have the Kleenex ready.

1. This tweet wasn’t the first to use the hashtag, but it was the tweet that made the hashtag go viral.

2. Camila’s best friend was quick to shower her with love and support.

3. With just four words, Sandra expressed exactly what it means being an Undocugrad.

https://twitter.com/xo_svndrv/status/992818941243293696

4. Being an Undocugrad is how these children return their parent’s favor.

5. Some of the undocumented students had more than one reason to be proud.

6. Being an #Undocugrad is about more than making your parents proud. For some, it’s about setting a good example for their siblings.

7. This professor reminding us that sometimes it’s the student who lifts up the teacher.

8. And she wasn’t the only one.

9. Defying more than just the odds.

10. “For my father who came with nothing and gave me everything.”

11. It takes a village…

12. Be proud because your university is standing with you.

13. And you have a cheering section.

14. A big cheering section.

15. Actually, it’s less a cheering section and more an army of supporters.

16. When you’re more than just the “first in your family.”

17. If someone gives you a microphone, tell your story.

18. Here’s some actionable advice if you want more #UndocuGrad tweets like these.

19. The Class of 2018 Undocugrads are paving the way for the Class of 2019 and beyond.

Frank congratulates all members of the Class of 2018 on their accomplishments.

We can’t wait to see what you do next!

Have a graduation story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it — tag us on Twitter and Facebook!

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