From Pre-K to graduate school, these famous children are celebrating major milestones with their moms and dads
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Piper Indi Grace Palin
A few months before filing for divorce from former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, her husband, Todd Palin, joined the rest of their family to celebrate daughter Piper’s high school graduation.
“Everyone needs a Piper Indi Grace in life,” Sarah wrote on Instagram alongside photos and video from her graduation. “Girl makes the world a better place ‼️”
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Kaiser Orion Griffith
The former Teen Mom star Jenelle Evans shared a celebratory Instagram photo of 5-year-old Kaiser — whom she shares with ex Nathan Griffith — giving a thumbs-up after graduating pre-school.
“You’re so perfect. 🎓 #PreKGraduation #BigBoy#MommasBoy,” the mom of two captioned the cute photo.
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“We now have a kindergartner!!!! Time sure is flying by. Congrats my handsome boy!!!” Courtney Lopez shared of her son’s graduation alongside a pic with beaming dad Mario.
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“Sigh. Her is graduated. ❤️❤️” Audra McDonald wrote proudly of her daughter’s high school accolades.
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The 10-year-old daughter of late rapper Nipsey Hussle celebrated her graduation along with her aunt Samantha Smith. “Baby girl growing up,” Smith captioned the photo that also featured Nipsey’s 2½-year-old son Kross.
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Teresa Giudice’s oldest daughter Gia is on her way to Rutgers University in the fall! The Real Housewives of New Jersey star captured her daughter’s entire high school graduation experience on Instagram Stories, including all the pre-ceremony photos to the moment Gia threw her bedazzled cap into the air to celebrate her big accomplishment.
For the graduation, Gia and all her friends were photographed wearing white, summery dresses underneath their matching white satin gowns as they took photos together poolside.
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Gabriella Giudice and Antonia Gorga
Teresa Giudice also celebrated her daughter Gabriella and niece Antonia’s eighth grade graduation with a sweet tribute on Instagram.
“Gabriella – I know when you say something I better listen up you are so strong and so wise! You show the strength & determination of someone who will have much success in life & this is only the beginning! So happy to share in the excitement of your 8th grade graduation day and so very proud of you!” the proud mom wrote of her second oldest daughter.
“Antonia, i’m so happy you and Gabriella had the chance to go to school together! You are such a sweet and kind young woman & it’s been a true joy watching you grow up! & to my dad we are so lucky to have you celebrating these milestones with us! 🎓😘❤️🎈💋👩🏼🎓💃🏼👩🏻🎓❤️😘 🎓😘❤️🎈💋👩🏼🎓💃🏼👩🏻🎓🎓,” the Real Housewives of New Jersey star added.
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Chef Gordon Ramsay, who just welcomed his fifth child with wife Tana, posted this tribute to his eldest child on June 18: “So proud of this young Lady @megan__ramsay our first Ramsay ever to graduate with a degree @oxfordbrookes hard work pays off ! Congratulations Megan love you Dad”
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Vale and Charley Feldman
Today co-host Savannah Guthrie shared special moments from her daughter Vale and son Charley’s graduations on June 14, raving about their individual milestones with videos and photos of her kids in their cap and gowns.
“My heart bursts with gratitude. Can’t believe I have two little graduates!” Guthrie said of her 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son with husband Michael Feldman.
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Liam Aaron McDermott
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott’s oldest child graduated elementary school. “He said goodbye to 6th grade and his school. His speech blew everyone away. He started at this school as a tiny little blonde babe and has grown into a kind, clever, smart, resilient, driven, funny, and amazing young man,” the proud mom said on Instagram.
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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ daughter Lola is officially a high school graduate! The Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host captured her daughter’s big day in real time on her Instagram Story.
“Happening now!!!!!” Ripa captioned a photo of dad Mark proudly posing next to the 17 year old, who will be attending New York University in the fall.
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Jade Marie Thompson
Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis and ex-husband Todd Thompson reunited to celebrate their daughter’s graduation. The family got lunch at celebrity hotspot Nobu after De Laurentiis posted this celebratory photo on Instagram.
“Happy graduation Jadey!!” De Laurentiis captioned the sweet family shot, adding hashtags #mommymoments and #soproud to highlight the special occasion.
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“Graduation day, Dylan, Dad, Mom and the graduate Paris.❤️,” proud papa Pierce caption this family photo he posted on Instagram to celebrate his youngest son’s high school graduation.
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden took a break from campaigning to celebrate his granddaughter Maisy’s latest accomplishment.
“Jill and I were so thrilled to be there today to watch our amazing granddaughter Maisy graduate from high school,” the proud grandfather shared with his Instagram followers. “Maisy, you make us so proud and we can’t wait to see what you do next with your talent, smarts, dedication and kindness. The future is yours, and Nana and Pop will always be right behind you.”
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Parents Barack and Michelle and sister Malia witnessed the youngest Obama daughter graduate from high school on June 10. The former first daughter earned her high school diploma from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., according to USA TODAY.
The school posted a class photo on Instagram, which shows Obama standing in the second row from the back, fourth from the left. The caption starts with a quote from the school’s 2019 commencement speaker, Sheila Jonson, which says, “Life has never been about you or about me. Life and all that matters within it has always been about us,” and ends with a note from the school: “Congratulations to the Class of 2019! We can’t wait to see the great things you will do!”
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Tameka “Tiny” Harris gave a big shoutout to her stepdaughter Deyjah for graduating high school!
“Our baby @princess_of_da_south is Blessed with the best! Two loving mothers @ms_niko_ & dad @troubleman31,” the T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle star wrote on Instagram, referring to Deyjah’s mom Ranniqua, who also goes by her stage name Ms. Niko, and dad rapper T.I.
“Congratulations Luvbug we love u 💛👑💯🙌🏽,” Harris added.
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T.I.’s graduation celebrations haven’t stopped just yet because his son Domani also graduated high school in May. The rapper, who shares his son with momager Lashon Thompson, wrote a lengthy Instagram caption to express how impressed he was of his son for earning his dipolma, even though Domani was not a fan of his high school experience.
“I’m proud of you for finding a way to fight the constant urge to say “F’this School S—” (like I did🤦🏽♂️) & found a way to dig deep & do for your Moms & Pops what I was never able to do for mine …. walk across that stage, receive your diploma & successfully complete this phase of your education,” T.I. wrote.
“Congratulations Son… With Love & Respect!!!! You did it!!! And you did the S— YOUR WAY!!!” T.I. added.
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Outkast’s Andre 3000 joined Big Boi as he celebrated his son’s high school graduation and acceptance to the University of Oregon. Cross will be joining the Oregon Ducks football team in the fall and proud dad Big Boi could not be more excited.
“Congrats Son ! Cross “ The Boss “ Patton ! Oregon here we come! #GoDucks 🦆,” the rapper wrote on Instagram to share the great news with his fans.
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Prince Nasir Dean
Alicia Keys is smiling ear-to-ear because her stepson is officially a high school graduate.
“We are our ancestors wildest dreams!!!! To the most incredible, diploma havin’, music creatin’, star shinin’ @notemarcato keep showing cats why there’s only one YOU!!” Keys wrote on Instagram to Dean, whose father is producer Swizz Beatz and mother is Nicole Levy.
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Brooks Alan Stuber
“In the blink of an eye, Kindergarten is over. 😩 I can’t believe our little boy is going into first grade. 🎓,” actress and model Molly Sims began in her caption for an Instagram slideshow she put together of moments from her son’s kindergarten graduation day.
“To Ms. Morgan & Ms. Dunleavy — You made his year MAGICAL. 🌟 You’re incredible human beings and spectacular, INSPIRING teachers. Thank you for giving my son the gift of learning & TRULY LOVING it. Huge thank you to his teachers, mentors and coaches who helped him get here,” Sims continued.
“And P.S. I feel like I graduated with him. #hitmehard.. #iamaMESS 😭😭😭,” she added.
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Amelia Gray Hamlin
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna shined a spotlight on her youngest daughter for successfully finishing high school.
“GRADUATE!! CLASS OF 2019 BABY!!!!! WHOOO HOOO!!! 🎓🌈🌪💕💙🎯🏆😭@ameliagray WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!! 🙌🏼❤️ Peace Out High school! ✌🏻,” she wrote on Instagram, to which Hamlin jokingly responded, “This cannot be the only photo LOL.”
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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son is officially a Pepperdine University graduate! The proud father posted their heartwarming father-son moment on Instagram after Baena’s graduation ceremony and wrote, “Congratulations Joseph! Four years of hard work studying business at Pepperdine and today is your big day! You have earned all of the celebration and I’m so proud of you. I love you!”
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Cricket Pearl Silverstein
“Proud kindergarten graduate. ❤️,” Busy Philipps captioned a photo of her youngest daughter Cricket Pearl on Instagram. The actress’ friends chimed in to celebrate the mini milestone by leaving comments under the sweet snap.
“Cricket, we stan,” singer Johnathan Rice wrote.
“😭❤️,” actress Angela Kinsey added.
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The father of the year award goes to Larry Birkhead for surprising his daughter with Hamilton tickets as her seventh grade graduation gift!
The proud papa, who shares Dannielynn with the late Anna Nicole Smith, tweeted out the news, along with three photos of the excited graduate posing with her tickets, and added, “I think she is happy!”
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Emme Maribel, Maximilian ‘Max’ David Muñiz and Ella Rodriguez
Jennifer Lopez’s twins Emme and Max and Alex Rodriguez’s youngest daughter Ella are moving on up to the sixth grade. Rodriguez took an Instagram snap of all three kids and added the caption: “Our graduates! So proud of you all!”
The delighted dad also tagged fiancée Lopez in the photo so, of course, the happy mom of twins had to repost the sweet photo on her Instagram as well.
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D’lila Star and Jessie James Combs
Sean “Diddy” Combs’ twin daughters are all grown up! D’lila Star and Jessie James have graduated from the eighth grade and daddy Diddy could not be happier.
“MY BABIES ARE GRADUATING!!!!! Man s— is real! I FEEL SO GOOD. SO HAPPY. SO PROUD. 🖤,” Diddy captioned a photo of himself sandwiched between both of his girls. He also tagged the late Kim Porter’s Instagram handle, “@ladykp,” at the end of his post to honor the girls’ mother, who died in November 2018 at age 47 from lobar pneumonia.
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Congratulations are in order for proud parents Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman! The former couple reunited to celebrate their 5-year-old daughter Frankie’s graduation.
Kopelman posted a shot from Frankie’s big day on Instagram, which shows both himself and ex-wife Barrymore kissing their little girl on her cheeks.
“Graduate 🎓,” Kopelman captioned the darling photo.
Frankie’s graduation comes just a month after her 5th birthday.
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Alex Rodriguez’s oldest daughter says goodbye to middle school and hello to high school! The proud father gushed over his little girl on Instagram, following her middle school graduation.
“How is my beautiful angel going to be a freshman in high school?! Congrats Tashi, we love you! 👩🏽🎓❤️,” Rodriguez captioned his photo, which shows himself alongside fiancée Jennifer Lopez, ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis and both of their families.
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Melissa Rivers has much to celebrate now that her 18-year-old son is a high school graduate!
The television host and author shared a cute video of her son wearing his cap and gown, walking up to join his fellow classmates during his graduation ceremony.
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Cara & Madelyn Gosselin
Kate Gosselin is one proud mama! The reality star made a special shoutout to her two oldest daughters, twins Cara and Madelyn, who graduated from high school.
“#Graduation ..this post is a little delayed (mostly due to post graduation exhaustion lol) but I’m still beaming with pride! It’s hard to believe that Cara and Mady graduated from high school this past weekend … and are headed off to college in the fall! Where did the time go????” the mother of eight captioned the photo slideshow she posted on Instagram.
The first picture shows Gosselin smiling next to her 18-year-old girls, and the second shows the twins posing with customized “Class of 2019” cakes.
“Their Graduation day was such a wonderful day of celebrating THEM and all of their amazing accomplishments!” she continued. “These girls are going places and I can’t wait to see where they end up! Cara and Mady, I love you so very much and I’m just so so proud of YOU! #ProudMom #Graduation #ClassOf2019 #WellDone 🎓❤️🎓”
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Kensington Calhoun Ravenel
Southern Charm exes Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel put their differences aside to reunite for their daughter’s preschool graduation.
On May 23, Dennis, shared a sweet slideshow of photos from Kensie’s ceremony.
“Our little graduate!” Dennis wrote of the 5-year-old, who is seen standing next to her parents and 3-year-old brother Saint. “Can’t believe she is going to be a kindergartner! 😭 #adulting”
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Sylvester Stallone shared a heartfelt message to his daughter Sophia after she graduated from the University of Southern California.
“Our daughter SOPHIA graduates from USC !!!! An absolutely amazing day for us all. So proud!!!!” the actor wrote alongside photos of himself with his daughter in her graduation cap and gown.
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Caroline ‘Carrie’ Monahan
Katie Couric made a special shoutout to her youngest daughter to congratulate her for earning her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
“Hey Ms. Masters in Journalism. ‘Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy. It is democracy.’ -Walter Cronkite. Congratulations Carrie!” Couric captioned a snapshot of Monahan posing in her cap and gown. “You never cease to amaze me and amuse me. ❤️ 👩🎓 🎓 💻 ✏️ 📓#graduation#proudmama #columbia”
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The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond could not be more proud of her daughter Alex for earning her degree from Texas A&M University.
“The last four years have given Alex confidence, experience, and perspective. I’m so grateful for that, and for the circle of friends 😎 who have nurtured and supported her,” Drummond wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of her daughter posing with her boyfriend Mauricio. “Happy graduation to Alex (Thursday), Mauricio (today), and all the kids (young adults?😱) out there who are celebrating milestones. Go get ’em, tigers!”
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson celebrated the high school graduation of his 17-year-old daughter Simone by proudly sharing an adorable set of photos of her holding her Marvel-themed cap and wearing her graduation gown.
In the first photo taken at NSU University School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the father-daughter pair are seen smiling. The second photo shows Johnson swooping in for a kiss and Simone playfully rejecting him.
“And then your babies graduate,” he captioned the post. “Very proud of my first daughter graduating high school, kickin’ ass and is now NYU bound. I love you and one day you’ll stop pulling away from my beastly arms & kisses.”
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Lindsey Buckingham made his first public appearance after undergoing open heart surgery back in February.
The former guitarist for Fleetwood Mac performed the band’s classic “Landslide” at his daughter Leelee’s high school graduation ceremony, with his wife saying it was the first time she’s heard him play in months.
“Last night was epic,” Kristen Buckingham tweeted. “First time I’ve seen Lindsey play in the last 4 mos, all the while Leelee ending her high school career. AND she sings a little ‘Landslide’ with her dad. I cried, I’ll admit it. Never know what’s ahead so enjoy the moment…”
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Blanket Jackson was there to cheer on older brother Prince at his college graduation. The 17-year-old, who now goes by the name Bigi, made a rare public appearance at Loyola Marymount College in L.A.
Prince graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was joined by other family members, including grandmother Katherine Jackson and cousins TJ, Taryll and Taj Jackson.
“Yesterday I graduated from @loyolamarymount Cum Laude in the school of business with a focus on entrepreneurship. I met so many people and learned so much that the experience alone is worth it,” Prince wrote on Instagram.
“I wish I could thank everyone that helped me make it to the end but I can’t and unfortunately they’re not all pictured here. But the biggest thanks goes to @tjjackson9 and his brothers @tarylljackson and @tajjackson who kept pushing me to graduate and finish up my degree when I wanted to quit.”
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