Selena Gomez shared a heartwarming message to the Class of 2020 immagrads (graduates of immigrant decent). The virtual message was a collaboration between Gomez and Define American, a narrative and culture change organization that uses media and the power of storytelling to shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in America.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, many graduations ceremonies had to be cancelled this year, but this pandemic has given graduates a chance to hear a more personal side of their favorite celebrities. In her speech on May 23rd Gomez spoke to high school and college students about her experience as a third generation American-Mexican and emphasize the impact they will have on the American narrative.
“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,” Gomez said. “I want you guys to know that you matter and that your experiences are a huge part of the American story.”
Gomez related to the graduates by opening up about her own family’s story. She stated, “When my family came here from Mexico they set into motion my American story, as well as theirs. I’m a proud third-generation American-Mexican, and my family’s journey and their sacrifices helped me get me to where I am today.”
The actress and singer has now spoken out more about her heritage to set herself up as an example of an inspiring story of success for people who identify with her. “Each and every one of you have a similar tale of becoming an American. 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. So I’m sending all of my love to you guys today and congratulations, and I hope that you guys are set off to be everything that you want to be.”
The virtual message was also in collaboration with FWD.us, United We Dream, I Am An Immigrant and Golden Door Scholars.
Watch Gomez’s full speech below.