Yara Shahidi, 22, reaches life-long goal of graduating from Harvard University while keeping up with her busy career in Hollywood... as her proud parents share sweet tributes

It's official, Yara Shahidi is a college graduate.

The actress, 22, graduated from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts after beginning her studies at the prestigious Ivy League institution in 2017.

Haven taken a gap year during her tenure, Shahidi finished her four-year undergraduate degree studies, all while juggling her busy career in Hollywood, which included starring in the hit ABC sitcoms Black-ish and the spinoff Grown-ish.

Family pride: Yara Shahidii, 22, graduated from Harvard University and her parent's marked the milestone occasion by sharing both their love and pride in her achievement on Instagram; her father, Afshin Shahidi, called the graduation a 'beautifully surreal moment'

Family pride: Yara Shahidii, 22, graduated from Harvard University and her parent's marked the milestone occasion by sharing both their love and pride in her achievement on Instagram; her father, Afshin Shahidi, called the graduation a 'beautifully surreal moment'

In an interview with Vogue, Shahidi revealed that she focused her studies within the Social Studies & African American departments, with an emphasis on 'Black political thought under a neocolonial landscape.'

Before accepting her diploma, the Minnesota native completed a 136-page thesis paper, titled 'I Am a Man: The Emancipation of Humanness from Western Hegemony Through the Lens of Sylvia Wynter, which explores the work of the Jamaican writer. 

'It's surreal to have finally hit this major milestone,' Shahidi told the publication, before confessing that her college graduation is a life-long goal, realized.

'I've known I wanted to go to college since I was four. By 17, I knew exactly what I wanted to study, so to see that come to fruition is a goal fulfilled.'

Family Pride: Yara's mother, Keri Shahidi, serenaded the new college graduate as she was decked out in her traditional cap and gown

Family Pride: Yara's mother, Keri Shahidi, serenaded the new college graduate as she was decked out in her traditional cap and gown

Milestone: Mother and daughter snuggled up for a photo on the Harvard University campus

Milestone: Mother and daughter snuggled up for a photo on the Harvard University campus

Life-long goal realized: 'I've known I wanted to go to college since I was four,' the actress told People, before adding, 'By 17, I knew exactly what I wanted to study, so to see that come to fruition is a goal fulfilled'

Life-long goal realized: 'I've known I wanted to go to college since I was four,' the actress told People, before adding, 'By 17, I knew exactly what I wanted to study, so to see that come to fruition is a goal fulfilled'

Shahidi'sparent's marked the milestone occasion by sharing both their love and pride in their daughter's achievement in a few Instagram posts.

'Beautifully surreal moment seeing our delicate petal in full bloom,' her father, Afshin Shahidi captioned a graduation photo, along with a cherry blossom emoji. 

The selfie snap shows the proud papa snuggled up next to Yara, who's decked out in her traditional cap and gown.

Equally proud, Keri Shahidi posted a series of snaps of herself serenading her daughter by pointing at her while all dressed up in her graduation ensemble.

'THE CELEBRATION CONTINUES,' she wrote, in part, the day before the actual ceremony was held at the Harvard University campus.

Yara also shared her 'special moment' with her two younger brothers: Sayeed, 19, and Ehsan, 14,, who both posed with their sister at Harvard.

Family support: Yara also shared her 'special moment' with her two younger brothers: Sayeed, 19, and Ehsan, 14,, who both posed with their sister on the Harvard University campus

Family support: Yara also shared her 'special moment' with her two younger brothers: Sayeed, 19, and Ehsan, 14,, who both posed with their sister on the Harvard University campus

Stylin': For her graduation day, Shahidi wore a custom Dior two-piece suit in crimson red, one of Harvard's school colors, underneath her traditional cap and gown

Stylin': For her graduation day, Shahidi wore a custom Dior two-piece suit in crimson red, one of Harvard's school colors, underneath her traditional cap and gown

Shahidi only just completed and handed in her final college paper six days ago.

But it was her 136-page thesis 'Through the Lens of Sylvia Wynter' that will forever leave a lasting impression when looking back at her experience at Harvard.

'Writing my thesis pushed me as an academic, because the question I was asking was one I care about in my everyday life and in the world,' says Shahidi. 

'For example, "What could the future of equality and equity look like?" My thesis was a moment to connect these past four years of education to something that connects to what I'm passionate about, and have ground myself in my entire life.'

For her graduation day, Shahidi wore a custom Dior two-piece suit in crimson red, one of Harvard's school colors, underneath her cap and gown.

Monumental: Before graduating, the Black-ish star completed a 136-page thesis paper, titled 'I Am a Man: The Emancipation of Humanness from Western Hegemony Through the Lens of Sylvia Wynter, which explored the work of the Jamaican writer

Monumental: Before graduating, the Black-ish star completed a 136-page thesis paper, titled 'I Am a Man: The Emancipation of Humanness from Western Hegemony Through the Lens of Sylvia Wynter, which explored the work of the Jamaican writer

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Yara Shahidi, 22, reaches life-long goal of graduating from Harvard while juggling acting career

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