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DUBAI: Celebrities from Gigi Hadid to Michelle Obama flooded the Instagram comments section of part-Middle Eastern actress Yara Shahidi this weekend as she graduated from Harvard University.

Taking to the social media platform to celebrate the occasion, Shahidi shared two photos of herself in a black graduation gown and a tailored Dior skirt suit in the prestigious Ivy League school’s signature shade of red.

“Yara (noun): a Harvard grad #ITSOFFICIAL #CLASSOF2022,” she captioned the pics.

The 22-year-old wore a tailored Dior two-piece in Harvard’s signature color. Instagram

In addition, 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 as we saw our delicate petal in full bloom,” her father commented on the picture, tagging Yara and his wife Keri.

A number of celebrities also hit the ‘Grown Up’ star’s comments section to celebrate the recent graduate.

“CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!” Posted by Tracee Ellis Ross, who starred in Black-ish as Rainbow Johnson, Shahidi’s character’s mother.

“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! It’s such a special achievement. I’m so proud of you and the strong example you set for others to follow,” she wrote.

Obama wrote Shahidi’s college recommendation letters.

The 22-year-old was admitted to the school in 2017 but took a gap year before starting her studies.

According to an article published by Vogue US, Shahidi studied in the school’s social studies and African American departments. Her focus was on “Black Political Thought in a Neocolonial Landscape” and before graduating she completed a 136-page dissertation entitled “I Am a Man: The Emancipation of Humanness from Western Hegemony Through the Lens of Sylvia Wynter”.

As she worked on her thesis, Shahidi said she felt “pressed” as an academic.

“It was important to me as a young adult to prove to myself — in these times of transition — that I’m capable, and maybe more capable than I give myself credit for,” she told the magazine.

During her four-year undergraduate degree at Harvard, Shahidi continued as an actress – producer and brand ambassador for Dior – starring in the hit series Black-ish and Grown-ish.

Shahidi’s upcoming post-graduate plans include completing filming on Season 5 of Grown-ish, which is slated to begin in July.


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