How time flies! Yara Shahidi is preparing for graduation from Harvard University, and fans cannot believe the young adult who grew up on the small screen is all grown up!
Yara took to Instagram on Tuesday (May 24) with news of her accomplishment. “Celebrating all week,” the Grown-ish star said. “T Minus One Day Away From Graduation,” the young adult added. Yara shared a candid of herself dressed in her graduation gown. The actress’ mom, Keri Shahidi, stood on the sidelines and brought attention to her daughter’s attire.
“Congratulations,” Viola Davis wrote to Yara in the comments section of the social media post. “So happy for you,” swimsuit model Jasmine Sanders wrote.
It seems as if it were yesterday that Yara Shahidi was dressed in her cap and gown to gear up for her high school graduation. Fans were excited back then at the prospects of the young star attending Harvard University because of her willingness to use her platform for matters related to social justice. The actress continued to advocate for such causes throughout her collegiate years, which led some to deem Yara as the voice of her generation.
“I continue to say I’m not the voice of a generation,” Shahidi shared during a recent interview with Gotham magazine. “My generation can speak for itself,” the actress added.
“I come from a peer group that inspires me regularly and even pushes past what I think is possible,” Yara said in reference to her inspiration to continue to strive for excellence. “The pressure comes from wanting to stay as far away from that title as possible because I know that I’m just a representative of a fraction of my peer group,” the entertainer added in reference to the notion of being the voice of her generation.
“I hope to be considerate with everything that I say, to be as inclusive as possible with how I speak,” Yara shared with regard to her platform, which is bigger than most in her age group. “But, ultimately, it’s better to say—instead of focusing [on] and hanging your hat on one person—let’s really expand so that we can honor this generation by giving everyone mics and not just handing out a select few mics to a select few people.”
Harvard University holds its baccalaureate ceremony today at 7 PM (EST)!
Photo: Yara Shahidi/Instagram