I graduated yesterday from my beloved HBCU, Johnson C. Smith University, summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in visual and performing arts (studio art concentration). I am undocumented and I attended on a full merit scholarship and graduated with the highest GPA in the visual and performing arts department. ¡Si se pudo! Never be afraid to follow your dreams even if you think they are impossible.


Blackout Day: College Graduation Edition 🎓

“To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst” is what I would describe my journey throughout college.

During my sophomore I was extremely stressed from school/work that I ended up losing my scholarship. My stress got so bad that it led me to depression & trying to kill myself on March 19th , 2015 . Nobody knew I was dealing with these problems because I was the type of person who always had a smile on my face everyday but that all changed for me because I am EXTREMELY blessed that I was able to have another opportunity to live and make it to see this day that I work extremely hard for.

I’m just SO proud of myself that I have overcome my depression and was able to stay focus & most importantly graduate ON TIME. I know I am still a working progress but just know I am a BEAUTIFUL EDUCATED BLACK QUEEN who can overcome anything thrown my way & will achieve all the goals I have lined up for myself👩🏽‍🎓 ✨🙌🏾

Bucket List

“My riches is life, forever.” -Bob Marley

  • Skydiving
  • Learn how to surf
  • Bonfire at the beach
  • Snowboarding
  • Spend new years in Times Square, NY
  • Scuba diving
  • Visit elephants
  • Meet Justin Bieber
  • Meet Vanessa Hudgens
  • Date to a basketball game
  • Clubbing
  • Rock climbing
  • Waterfall
  • Color Run
  • Party on a yatch
  • Coachella
  • EDC
  • Outside Lands
  • Hard Summer
  • Sun Tattoo
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Be a bridesmaid
  • Swim with turtles
  • Camping with friends
  • Paddle boarding
  • Get a dog
  • Go to a party like Project X
  • Cliff diving
  • Straight teeth
  • Graduate College
  • Graduate High School
  • Henna Tattoo
  • Get engaged
  • Get married
  • Party in someone’s mansion
  • Go to a party where celebrities are attending
  • Stay at a really expensive hotel
  • Hike to the top of a beautiful place
  • Ellen DeGeneres show
  • Meet someone struggling with cancer. My grandma, stayed strong through it all, I love you.
  • Waterskiing 
  • Raving
  • Ride a horse
  • Run a marathon
  • Walk/Run for Breast cancer
  • Throw a surprise party
  • Attend a red carpet event
  • Long hair
  • Go stargazing: It was amazing. If you’re into planets, stars, the universe or space, definitely try it sometime with genuine company. 
  • Win a trip somewhere
  • Swim with sharks
  • Baseball game
  • Swim with stingrays
  • Road trip with friends
  • Take mama on a spa day
  • Ice skating in SF during Christmas time
  • Prom
  • Buy my own car
  • Ziplining
  • Tattoo
  • VIP Passes to a concert
  • Visit a chocolate factory
  • Visit a volcano
  • Watch a broadway show
  • Visit a frozen lake
  • Go fishing 
  • Get a go pro
  • Fly in a hot air balloon
  • Throw a BIG party
  • Backpacking
  • Fly first class
  • Go vegetarian for a month
  • Fly in a helicopter

🎼Music/Concerts ♪


Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: STEM

Today is College Signing Day and we’re working with the White House to celebrate all graduating seniors and inspire more young people to Reach Higher and enroll in higher education.

Additionally, choosing a degree within a STEM (Science, Math, Engineering and Technology) field enables the United States to remain the global economic and technological leader. We feel that it’s our duty to help inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and astronauts.

It’s important that each and every student feels empowered and equipped with the knowledge to solve tough problems, evaluate evidence and analyze information. These are all skills students can learn through studying a subjects in STEM.

College is one of the stepping stones to many careers, including becoming an astronaut! Here are a few of our astronauts on their college graduation day, along with their astronaut portrait. 

Astronaut Victor Glover

Undergraduate: California Polytechnic State University
Graduate: Air University and Naval Postgraduate School
Astronaut Class: 2013

Astronaut Reid Wiseman

Undergraduate: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Graduate: Johns hopkins University
Astronaut Class: 2009

Astronaut Thomas Marshburn

Undergraduate: Davidson College
Graduate: University of Virginia, Wake Forest University and University of Texas medical Branch
Astronaut Class: 2004

Astronaut Karen Nyberg

Undergraduate: University of North Dakota
Graduate: University of Texas at Austin
Astronaut Class: 2000

Astronaut Bob Behnken

Undergraduate: Washington University
Graduate: California Institute of Technology
Astronaut Class: 2000

Astronaut Peggy Whitson

Undergraduate: Iowa Wesleyan College
Graduate: Rice University
Astronaut Class: 1996

Astronaut Joseph Acaba

Undergraduate: University of California
Graduate: University of Arizona
Astronaut Class: 2004

Astronaut Rex Walheim

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Graduate: University of Houston
Astronaut Class: 1996

Whether you want to be an astronaut, an engineer or the administrator of NASA, a college education opens a universe of possibilities:

Administrator Charles Bolden

Here, Administrator Bolden wears the jersey of Keenan Reynolds, a scholar athlete who graduates from the Naval Academy this year. His jersey is on its way to the college football hall of fame. Bolden holds a drawing of himself as a midshipman in the Navy. 

Deputy Administrator Dava Newman

Deputy Administrator Dava Newman sports her college shirt, along with Lisa Guerra, Technical Assistant to the Associate Administrator. Both women studied aerospace engineering at Notre Dame. 

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