Graduation Robe and Accessories

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Gift of Mirella Saldaña
Honor student and immigrant rights activist Mirella Saldaña wore this green gown and matching mortarboard when she received her BA from George Mason University in 2013. Her graduation regalia also included accessories recognizing her academic achievement and campus leadership. A white satin stole imprinted in green celebrated her participation in the Early Identification Program (EIP), a college preparatory program for first-generation college students. Gold cords symbolized her election to the Honor Society, while a colorful, fringed stole marked her membership and service as president of the Hispanic Student Association, with “HSA” and “2013” embroidered on gold stripes in black thread. Additionally, a pinback button denoted her service as vice-president of Mason DREAMers, an organization working to educate the campus about the DREAM Act and advocate for DREAM students’ rights. Born in Peru, Saldaña moved to the US as a child. She became a school counselor, using her immigration experience to mentor children who are English language learners. [The regalia was on display at the Anacostia Community Museum’s exhibition, Gateways/Portales from December 2016 to January 2018.]
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Graduation robe and accessories
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