Yara Shahidi is growing up! The Black-ish star is seventeen years old and about to graduate from high school. And because they’ll be on hiatus during the formal ceremony, Yara Shahidi’s Black-ish costars threw her a special graduation ceremony.
Yara Shahidi and Tracee Ellis Ross both posted this video of the ceremony on Instagram yesterday.
Make sure you have Kleenex ready before you press play.
In a caption, Yara wrote:
“I’ll be graduating before we come back to shoot season 4 (I’m just speaking that into existence) so my fam+ blackish fam put together a beautiful pre-graduation graduation. I’m not a crier but needless to say tears of joy were streaming. To know that everybody on that set is invested in my well-being and future is surreal. They have watched me grow and helped me thrive. Thank you to everyone who orchestrated and celebrated this huge milestone in my life.”
Yara has another great person in her corner: Michelle Obama. The former First Lady wrote Yara a letter of recommendation for her Harvard application.
But before she goes to college, Yara is taking at least a year off.
She told People:
“I’ve been working more than half of my life and that’s always been balanced with school and all of the other responsibilities, so to have a year to focus on work and to focus on specified interests will be nice before I pick a career and choose what I want to study and my life path.”
We’re excited to see what Yara does next!