Siblings Fulfill Dad’s Bruin Dream, Become 1st Generation Grads
WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Three siblings of one local family were among the sea of proud graduates of UCLA during commencement ceremonies on Friday.
Frank, Elizabeth, and Victor Salcedo each graduated with different degrees.
“I’m graduating with my masters in social welfare,” said 24-year-old Elizabeth. Her 26-year-old brother, Frank, earned a master’s degree in education while 21-year-old Victor graduated with an undergraduate degree in Chicana/o studies and political science.
“All of us are just blessed that we get to graduate together. I think that’s very rare. I think it’s very special,” Elizabeth told CBS2’s Rachel Kim.
“It’s amazing. It’s a testament to my parents for all the hard work and love and support they’ve given us,” said Victor.
The trio’s parents came to the U.S. from Mexico as child migrants. The couple worked hard and sacrificed for their kids.
Their father, Francisco, went back to school and had dreams of going to UCLA as well but was too busy providing for his family. He never imagined all three of his children would fulfill his Bruin dreams.
“I’m really proud of that. I’m really happy for them. It wasn’t easy but we did it,” he said.
The Salcedos say it’s going to be a weekend of celebration for their graduations and Father’s Day.