Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women Graduates Honor Elizabeth Warren at Ceremonies Nationwide

Despite their reputation as bastions of left-leaning thought, most colleges are opting for apolitical graduation ceremonies this May. But that doesn't mean the resistance won't... persist.


"Nevertheless, she persisted," entered into the current political lexicon from an unlikely source: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who in February defended his silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during her fiery rebuke of Jeff Sessions' nomination as attorney general.

The phrase quickly became the Democrats' battle cry, so it's only fitting to see those three words emerge on countless caps this graduation season. But like Warren's speech at UMass Amherst last Friday, its message rings loudly with both red and blue voters, even in deeply partisan times. 

"Yeah, I am Democrat, I am a proud Democrat, but my point applies to Ds and Rs, and Independents, and Libertarians, and vegetarians and to Big Mac-atarians," Warren announced. "The point I want to make is a point about democracy. Our country, our democracy, is not a machine that will run on its own. It needs you out there fighting for what you believe in."

Otherwise, she noted, someone else will.

Here are just a few of the graduation caps used to spread Warren's message of persistence, including some captions explaining the relevance for each grad's experience:

I completed my first day as a social worker And I couldn't help but reflect a bit. Some people thought my decorated cap was political but it was so much more than that. I worked 40-60 hours every week while I went to college, I switched majors, dropped out twice, was told by loan providers that I was too "high risk" as a first generation college student, who ultimately finished my bachelor's in social work after 6 YEARS. There was no safety net. But I had the most amazing friends, family, hubby, co-workers, peers, teachers, and supervisors who helped me persist. This year, running between jobs and internship 90 hours a week, was the hardest and most rewarding year of my life. But I persisted. Going to college shouldn't mean sacrificing your physical, emotional, financial, and psychological well being. But that's the reality for a lot of people. So I want to give a huge shout out to everyone #classof2017 but I want to give a special shout out to all the #nontraditional #firstgeneration college students we can all persist together. #shepersisted

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