DUBAI: Celebrities from Gigi Hadid to Michelle Obama flooded part-Middle Eastern actress Yara Shahidi’s Instagram comments section this weekend as she graduated from Harvard University.
Shahidi took to the social media platform to mark the occasion, sharing two photos of herself wearing a black graduation gown and a custom Dior skirt suit in the prestigious Ivy League school’s signature red hue.
“Yara (noun): a Harvard graduate #ITSOFFICIAL #CLASSOF2022,” she captioned the images.
Additionally, Shahidi’s father, Afshin, also took to the social media platform to post a selfie photo of himself and his daughter on her graduation day.
“Beautifully surreal moment seeing our delicate petal in full bloom,” her dad captioned the picture, tagging Yara and his wife, Keri.
A number of celebrities also took to the “Grown-ish” star’s comment section to celebrate the fresh graduate.
“CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!” posted Tracee Ellis Ross, who co-starred in “Black-ish” as Rainbow Johnson, mom to Shahidi’s character.
“Mashallah, congrats beautiful” wrote US-Iranian singer Snoh Aalegra.
“Legend,” commented Gigi Hadid.
Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama also left a sweet congratulatory comment.
“Congratulations, Yara! This is such a special accomplishment. I am so proud of you and the strong example you’ve set for others to follow,” she wrote.
Obama wrote Shahidi’s college recommendation letter.
The 22-year-old was accepted into the school in 2017, but took a gap year before beginning her studies.
According to a piece published by Vogue US, Shahidi studied in the school’s social studies and African American departments. Her focus was on “Black political thought under a neocolonial landscape,” and prior to graduating she completed a 136-page thesis titled “I Am a Man: The Emancipation of Humanness from Western Hegemony Through the Lens of Sylvia Wynter.”
Working on her thesis, Shahidi said she felt “pushed” as an academic.
“It was important for me, as a young adult, to prove to myself — during these times of transition — that I am capable, and perhaps more capable than I give myself credit,” she told the magazine.
During her four-year undergraduate program at Harvard, Shahidi maintained her busy schedule as an actor — starring in hit shows “Black-ish” and “Grown-ish” — producer, and Dior brand ambassador.
Shahidi’s impending post-grad plans including wrapping up the filming of the fifth season of “Grown-ish,” which is slated to kick off in July.
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