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A Rite of Passage and Honoring My Culture

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BENEFITING:

Mariela Montero

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Dear Friends and Family,

I am currently in my final semester at San Francisco State University. Come this May, I will be a graduate of the College of Business, having earned a Bachelor's in Accounting with a minor in Studio Art.

I could not have made it to this point without the help of my family, friends, and wonderful professors. My graduating is the culmination of all that you have done for me--your encouragement, advice, love, friendship, and support.

In order to celebrate this moment, I have decided that it is only right that I should pay tribute to my ancestors, and to those who have made it possible for a second-generation Filipino-American to have access to higher education.

I hope to participate in SFSU's Filipino Graduation ceremony, which is a beloved tradition, borne out of the university's historical struggle for representation and equality. The ceremony honors graduates and their supporting community with traditional Philippine rituals and performances, as well as contemporary song and dance by local performers.

Please help me to participate in this special rite of passage. This ceremony is put on by the graduates, and donations will be used to finance venue fees, decorations, speakers, and performances.

Any amount is accepted. Thank you for supporting my cause!

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