The “Grown-ish” star followed her character by graduating in real life last week.
While acting in those series, the 22-year-old was simultaneously getting her degree from one of the most prestigious schools in the nation. Shahidi got accepted into Haravard University back in 2017, but took a gap year, which pushed her into the class of 2022– Michelle Obama actually wrote her letter of recommendation.
Yara Shahidi and her mom at her graduation from Harvard! pic.twitter.com/hGDeVK5caP
— Josh (@JoshuaOgundu) May 25, 2022
She studied across the school’s social studies and African American departments, and concentrated on black political thought under a neocolonial landscape, according to Vogue Magazine.
Last week, on May 20, the Minnesota native posted that she had completed her final school assignment, “Quick life update… I am currently writing the last paper of my college career.”
Her graduation ceremony was held on Friday, May 27. The actress wore a red, two-piece Dior suit under her graduation gown. She posted her grad pics for her seven million followers and captioned it, “Yara (noun): a Harvard graduate #ITSOFFICIAL #CLASSOF2022.”
Congratulations Harvard Class of 2022! As a new Dean, I had the opportunity to meet and celebrate with the graduates today including the very talented actress #YaraShahidi from television shows @blackishabc and @grownish pic.twitter.com/eYUFMz8hgW
— Dr. TCJ (@dr_tcj) May 26, 2022
Her family also praised the graduate on her special day. Her father, Afshin Shahidi, shared an image of the two and wrote, “Beautifully surreal moment seeing our delicate petal in full bloom.”
Her mom, Keri Shahidi, not only expressed how proud she was of her daughter but thanked their supporters as well, writing, “Our family is so grateful for the ever constant support and cheering Yara has received during her four years of Rigorous study… HATS OFF to our global community.”
Congratulations, Yara and we shall see what the next chapter is in this young lady’s life. Growm-ish is still scheduled for another season despite Blackish coming to an end a few weeks ago.
Congratulations to Yara Shahidi on graduating from Harvard University 💕 pic.twitter.com/F8X8Q5Oiy5
— MEFeater Magazine (@mefeater) May 27, 2022