A graduation surprise she’ll never forget

May 23, 2019 |

She should have been thrilled. The day before Raquel Perez was to become the first in her family to graduate college, she should have felt a sense of incredible accomplishment. Instead, she was sad.

Raquel’s parents are migrant farmers and the 3,000-mile roundtrip drive from Michigan to the Rio Grande Valley would have taken them away from the farm for too long. So they weren’t going to attend her graduation.

That’s when Raise Your Hand Texas and Southwest Airlines stepped in.


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