Malia Obama graduated from high school on Friday. The first daughter, who was 10 when she moved into the White House in 2008, received her diploma from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.
Just like her peers, the first daughter wore a white dress of her own choosing to the ceremony and posed for a picture, which was posted to the private institution’s Facebook page, holding a bouquet of flowers. “On a perfect June morning, joyfulness re16ned [sic] as the Class of 2016 received their diplomas,” the photo caption reads.
The president was well prepared for the emotional milestone, telling Jimmy Fallon that he was anticipating lots of tears and had sunglasses ready to keep them hidden. “They’ve handled it so well. They are wonderful girls. They’re smart and funny but, most importantly, they’re kind. They don’t have an attitude,” he said of his kids on The Tonight Show. “This is the thing Michelle and I were most worried about when we got there. We thought, ‘How’s this going to work? You got these butlers and you got the guy saluting.’ It’s a testimony to Michelle and my mother-in-law that they have just turned out to be incredible kids. I could not be prouder.”
The 17-year-old will be attending Harvard in 2017 after taking a gap year.