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TheDream.US Celebrates More than 700 New College Graduates

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For Immediate Release: May 24, 2024

Contact: Michael Earls at [email protected] 

TheDream.US Celebrates More than 700 New College Graduates 

Newest TheDream.US Graduating Cohort Bring Total Number of TheDream.US Alumni to More than 4,000

Washington, DC – TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant students, is proud to celebrate its class of 2024 graduating Scholars. This academic year, more than 700 new graduates will graduate from more than 80 TheDream.US Partner Colleges in 21 states and Washington, DC. This year’s graduating cohort means that the program has seen more than 4,000 TheDream.US Scholars graduate over the past decade. 

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While fully celebrating these graduates’ achievements, TheDream.US also notes how this year’s graduating cohort reflects the continued legal challenges to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has barred new applicants into the DACA program in recent years. Among this year’s graduating cohort includes the largest percentage lacking DACA of TPS to-date, compared to earlier graduating cohorts. And among the newest cohort of TheDream.US Scholars who started their college journeys this current academic year, fully three-fourths lack DACA or Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Read more in a recent article in The Nation, “Without Expanded DACA Protections, Undocumented Students Are Being Left Behind.”

Gaby Pacheco, President and CEO of TheDream.US, said: “I could not be prouder of this year’s cohort of TheDream.US graduates. Despite the toll of the legal challenges to DACA and the continued inability or unwillingness of Congress to deliver a permanent legal solution, Dreamers remain steadfast in their ambitions to pursue and succeed in higher education and make meaningful contributions to their communities and the national economy. For this year’s graduates, know that no one can ever take away their higher education or that they can now and forever call themselves a college graduate. Congratulations!”

According to Hyein Lee, Chief Operating Officer of TheDream.US, “For me, this graduation season is especially meaningful, as I too will be graduating with the class of 2024. For the past 10 years, I’ve had a front row seat to the incredible determination, talents and achievements of our Scholars. As I cross the stage on June 7th to receive my PhD in Sociology, my degree is deeply informed by the more than 4,000 Scholars who have graduated with TheDream.US. Our data and engagement with these alumni show how important a college degree and work authorization are for our Scholars and their fellow Dreamers. Nearly all, 97 percent, of our past TheDream.US alumni have DACA, TPS, or have now obtained permanent residency and are demonstrating their motivations to work hard and give back to their families and communities. Thanks to these protections and opportunities and their own talents, 94% of these alumni are employed or self-employed. Sadly, our newest cohort of TheDream.US graduates will face new challenges due to the continued toll of the challenges to DACA. Yet these newest Alumni are just as ready to put their degrees to work and only need the opportunity to demonstrate their own potential to strengthen workplaces, their communities, and the larger nation.”

About TheDream.US

TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for undocumented immigrant students, having provided more than 10,000 college scholarships to Dreamers attending over 80 partner colleges in 21 states and Washington, DC. We believe everyone, regardless of where they were born, should have equitable access to a college education, a meaningful career, and opportunities to contribute to the communities they call home. For more information on TheDream.US, visit www.thedream.us

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