Guess Who? Best Celebrity Graduation Photos

Before they walked red carpets, conducted primetime interviews and graced the cover of your favorite magazines, celebrities were once in school, too. 

And after completing their education (which, in some cases, just meant completing elementary school), our favorite A-listers donned a cap and gown and walk the stage at their graduation ceremonies.

Some of our favorite young stars only got to participate in a kindergarten graduation, while other adult celebs made sure to complete a high school or college degree before embarking on a career of fame and fortune.

Either way, one thing is for certain: Everyone looks silly in a big martar board and tassel. Check out some of our favorite celebs, and see how they looked on their big graduation day. 


  • Justin Timberlake

    Justin Timberlake started his career as a member of the Mickey Mouse Club. But before that hit show, he looked oh-so-adorable at his kindergarten graduation!

  • Jay-Z

    Jay-Z notoriously had a rough upbringing in Brooklyn, especially during his teen years. But as a kid, he looks so sweet and innocent at his elementary school graduation.

  • Selena Gomez

    Even with her mega Disney fame, Selena still found time to study and complete high school. Here she is in 2010 showing off her diploma!

  • Adam Levine

    Adam Levine wasn't always People's Sexiest Man Alive. He looks like just another teen at his high school graduation

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  • Claire Danes

    Before she was kicking ass on Homeland, Claire Danes was just another smiley, fresh-faced high school grad.

  • Dakota Fanning

    The child star was also a standout student at her New York City high school. She was a cheerleader, and even voted Homecoming queen! Here she is at her 2011 graduation ceremony.

  • Michelle Obama

    The fashionable First Lady looks so happy and bright during her college graduation from Princeton. Can she please bring back that fabulous 1985 hairstyle?

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