All this month, high schools across Rhode Island are holding graduation ceremonies, and there are many students who defied the odds to get to their graduation day. One of them is 18-year-old Rosa Ramos of Providence, who just got her diploma from the Juanita Sanchez Education Complex.
Rosa Ramos is a member the student advocacy group Young Voices, and she has earned a full scholarship to attend Providence College in the fall. When she first came to the United States from the Dominican Republic at the age of 10, she didn’t speak any English. We started our conversation with what she remembers about her first day in an American classroom.