May 15th, 2009
10:58 AM ET
5 years ago

PEOPLE: Bristol Palin graduates high school

 Bristol Palin has graduated from high school.
Bristol Palin has graduated from high school.

Looking like a lot of her classmates – giddy and irreverent, wearing a silly necklace of Blow-Pop lollipops strung together with curly gift ribbon – Bristol Palin stepped toward the stage in Wasilla Sports Complex Thursday night to receive her high school diploma, more a worried mom than a jubilant teen.

"Where's my baby?" Bristol mouthed, searching the two front rows where her family sat until she finally spotted son Tripp near the backstage door, where Bristol's Aunt Heather was feeding the infant a bottle. With a wave to the little one she alternately calls "Handsome" and "My Guy," Bristol crossed the stage – and crossed "graduate high school" off her to-do list.

"I knew it would be hard work, but I knew I was going to do it," Bristol, 19, tells PEOPLE.

Full story from People Magazine


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  1. Accountability

    Good luck getting a job without college Bristol....

    May 15, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Robin

    Good for her! I'm sure the liberals will have something hateful to say.

    May 15, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Ty

    And so did thousands of other students across the US .. .so what?!

    May 15, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Kurt C.

    Incoming scumbag liberals ripping the girl apart.

    May 15, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. RJ

    Congrats! Way to go! I'm proud that you didn't give up like so many other unwed, single moms who want a baby more than an education.

    Keep going!

    May 15, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. David NYC

    Good for her!

    May 15, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Bristol Palin is not news.

    May 15, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. No Incumbents 2010

    How is this "political news"? She is a high school student, not a politician. And where is the news value? Millions of high school students graduate high school but that isn't considered "news".

    May 15, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Irma in North Carolina

    I dont like the Palins but I am glad Bristol got a diploma. What is the deal that they would not let her mother speak at the event.

    May 15, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Greg from MA

    Good for her. Where's she going to college?

    May 15, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Tarheel

    Great job, Bristol. Being a single mother can't be easy, especially at your age. Don't listen to the naysayers who have nothing better to do than put people down. Each milestone you accomplish like getting your High School diploma only increases your status as a role model.

    May 15, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. T in NV

    I don't like her mom's politics, BUT good for Bristol! Congratulations for sticking to your goal of graduating! THAT is a good example for unwed teens who find themselves pregnant or a single mother. Graduate high school! It is important!

    May 15, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. James, Phoenix AZ

    Now when is Bristol's mother getting her high school diploma?

    May 15, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Ray Roy

    Good for her! Glad to see she made it!

    She's still a hypocrite for advocating abstinence, but I'm glad she finished her schooling.

    May 15, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. J

    who cares!!!

    May 15, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. Laverne

    Congratulations Bristol! Don't stop here, even though it won't be easy, you can still accomplish whatever you want too. Whatever you do don't go into politics, one Palin is enough!

    May 15, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. Adam

    Enough of the Palin's! You suck, CNN.

    May 15, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Jean

    Accountabilty, Did you read the article you freak of nature.

    May 15, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. cu

    Cnn Who the hell cares.......Report some real news.
    Leave these dead-beat people alone.

    May 15, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Anonymous

    'Bout time. I mean she is 19 yrs old.

    May 15, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. Mr. Magoo

    Next on to-do list:
    "Getting people to forget how full of crap my entire family is"

    May 15, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. barking republican ankle biters

    Its so good to see her Graduate.An education goes a long way to becoming a responsible American voter.Shes going to make a good Democrat.Shes much smarter than her mother,she made a mistake and did what many teens do in the heat of the night.

    May 15, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. nadine

    Why does CNN spent so much time on the Palins ? Who is Bristol Palin ? Why does she figure so much in your news ?

    May 15, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    Congratulations Bristol. That is a wonderful thing and I am sure your son will be proud of you. Now just get away from your horrible mother and you might have a chance in life.

    May 15, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. Joe the Troll

    She won't need luck getting a job, her mom will find her a position like she tried for Levi. Qualifications won't matter.

    What will be interesting is all the kind comments she'll get from Republicans who have nothing but the worst things to say about any OTHER unmarried teenage mom.

    May 15, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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