First-Generation College Grad Proudly Presents Parents With Cap And Gown

A proud first-generation college grad brought his dad to tears when he surprised his parents by presenting them with his cap, gown and diploma as a thank you for their sacrifices. As a first-generation student in the U.S., Ivan Hernandez, 21, from Houston, Texas, admitted he was unsure on how to pursue a bachelor's degree. But in his senior year of high school, Ivan was offered the opportunity to have a full-ride scholarship at Graceland University, in Lamoni, Iowa. He said the prospect of moving some 700 miles away and out of state was daunting as such experiences were unknown to his parents. But he went through with the opportunity, and having completed his bachelor's this year, decided to plan a special surprise for his parents on graduation day. Ivan wanted to pay homepage to his supportive parents – mom Alma and dad Aurelio – and so, on April 28, at his commencement ceremony, Ivan readied himself for the big surprise. When he first presented his father with his diploma and cap, Aurelio immediately burst into tears of pride, sobbing on his son's shoulder. He then continued to weep as Ivan then wrapped his gown around his mom, in an emotional video that was later shared online.
Release Status:
TV & Digital
Location: Lamoni, Iowa, USA
  • Date Acquired05-22-2024
  • Date Filmed04-28-2024
  • OrientationVertical
  • Footage TypeCell Phone
  • Rights TV & Digital, Commercial, Publishing

First-Generation College Grad Proudly Presents Parents With Cap And Gown


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