Recognizing that graduations are monumental for Latinx students as many are first-generation students or even first-generation immigrants, Jolt created the Adelante Virtual Graduation in June 2020 to celebrate them and their achievements. Congratulations to our Texas graduates, who have navigated this challenging time with courage and grace! We at Jolt believe that young Latinos have the power to transform our state into a place where everyone has a seat at the table, and this new generation of young leaders embodies that. 

Here you will find digital commencement addresses from journalist and Jolt board member Paola Ramos, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, and profiles of Texans graduating from education institutions across the state.

Adrianna Nicole Gonzalez

Stephen F. Austin State University

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Minor: Early Intervention

Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Notable Achievments/Involvement:

President of the Jolt Chapter at Stephen F. Austin State University

Future plans: “Work as a speech pathology assistant for a year then attend graduate school for my doctorate degree.”

Ana Teresa Fuentes

Canyon High School

Honors: Cum Laude

Involvement: Member of Canyon High School Jolt Chapter

Future plans: Will be attending UT Austin and majoring in Government/Pre-Law with the goal of becoming an immigration attorney.

Briana Alexis Fabela

Texas A&M University

Major: B.A. in Business Admin in Marketing – Sales

Certificates: Professional Event Management

Honors: Cum Laude

Involvement:

President of Sigma Lamba Gamma National Sorority Inc. (Latina Founded & Mulitucultural based)

Aggie Greek Woman of the Year

Future plans: To one day create experiences and memories for others with event sales in the hospitality industry

Daisy Martinez

Relay Graduate School of Education

Major/Degree: Masters of Education (M.A.)

Future plans: “Continue to fight for education equity!”

Jennifer Torres

University of Texas at Dallas

Major: B.S. in Psychology and Child Learning & Development

Noteable Achievements and Involvement: President of Jolt Chapter at UT-Dallas, President of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Student worker for Office of Admissions.

Future plans: “I’m planning to pursue a Specialist Degree in School Psychology at TWU this upcoming fall. I hope to become a School Psychologist in Texas after completing this program so that I can continue to give back to my community”.

Joice Evelin Acosta

Stephen F. Austin State University

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Notable Achievements:

Born in Mexico City, MX (DACA Recipient), Initiated Jolt Chapter at SFA in 2019.

Involvement: Secretary for Jolt Chapter at SFASU.

Future plans: Work as a Bilingual SLP-Assistant for a Pediatric clinic. After a year or to go back to grad school and get my masters in Speech Pathology with an emphasis in Bilingualism.

José Solis

Caney Creek High School

Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Noteable Achievements and Involvement: President of Jolt Chapter at Conroe. NSDA National Qualifier.

Future plans: Texas A&M University Class of ’24. Intended Degree: Society, Ethics and Law. Attend law school and become a Juris Doctor after undergrad.

Keyli Sandoval

University of Houston

Major: B.A. in Political Science

Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Notable Achievements:

Poder Quince Outreach Specialist for Jolt. First Generation College Attendee and Graduate

Future plans: I plan to attend law school to become an immigration attorney.

Kamiwa Pili Mayasa Gyasi

University Of Texas at Austin

Major: Public Health Concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Minor: History

Future plans: Fighting for the end of police brutality and racism in America. And I hope to get my masters soon in public health and food studies to one day be able to have community gardens in black and brown communities to address food deserts and restore food sovereignty.

Kimberly Evelyn Olea

Rice University

Major: History and Psychology

Minor: Politics, Law and Social Thought

Honors: Cum Laude

Involvement: President of Jolt Chapter at Rice University

Future plans: SMU Dedman School of Law Class of 2023

Lucero Argüello

University of Texas at Austin

Major: International Relations and Global Studies

Certificate: Children and Public Policy

Future plans: 2020 Corps Member at Teach For America, HISD Elementary Teacher

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