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    May 28, 2019

    A Grad Student Posed With Her Farm Worker Parents And The Pics Are Perfect

    Happy tears.

    Graduating is a big deal, and marking the event with a photo shoot is never a bad idea. Erica Alfaro is a recent 29-year-old graduate of San Diego State Univerity who just got her master's degree in education. Naturally, she wanted pictures to commemorate. According to local NBC affiliate KSBW she chose to take pics with her parents out in the California fields as a tribute to them and their hard work.

    Erica Alfaro / Via Facebook: 100000808555362

    Alfaro told CNN that her parents are immigrant farmers from Oaxaca, Mexico, and were never able to go to school. They spend up to 10 hours a day, 7 days a week picking berries out on that field to provide a good life for her.

    Erica Alfaro / Via Facebook: 100000808555362

    In fact, she said her parents’ work ethic is what motivated her to pursue her master’s degree in education from San Diego State University.

    Erica Alfaro / Via Facebook: 100000808555362

    She also holds a bachelor's degree in psychology.

    She shared the pictures on her Facebook and Instagram profiles with the caption, "With love, I dedicate my master's to my parents. Their sacrifice to come to this country to give us a better future was well worth it."

    Facebook: erica.alfaro.100

    Erica said, "I feel that many people shared that photo because many feel identified."

    Erica Alfaro / Via Facebook: 100000808555362

    People certainly did, and are absolutely loving the photos along with the story behind them.

    “With great affection I dedicate my (Masters Degree) to my parents. Your sacrifices to come to this country to give us a better future if it was worth.”This is Erica Alfaro. Her parents work 10 hour days in the fields of Carlsbad picking strawberries. This is America!

    A million shutouts to Erica Alfaro!!!! Congrats ❤️ on your achievement!!!!!! https://t.co/Et3xBVHkwz

    This tweet about Erica was even shared by San Diego State University.

    You likely first saw Erica Alfaro’s story, and the now viral photos of Alfaro and her family standing in the Carlsbad strawberry fields, on @10News by @RinaNakanoTV. Today, she will walk across the @SDSU stage with her Masters in Education @sdsucoe #SDSUGrad Her message:

    Go, Erica, go!

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