May 15th, 2009
10:58 AM ET
11 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. Bristol has it made now....

    with her mom cashing in on her book for $5-7 million, Bristol's future looks bright-not so for most Obama supporters who are losing their jobs daily--

    May 15, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. JustaMom

    Of course, she's receiving special treatment because her mother is the governor. The other kids that miss that much school are not allowed to graduate with their class.

    May 15, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Ellie

    CNN, can we move on. Enough of these Palins. There is nothing special about Bristol Palin and her graduation.

    May 15, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. lizzieausten

    What is the matter with you people? Here is why this is news – it is showing other teen mothers out there that it can be possible to complete high school in a situation such as hers. Granted, probably a bit easier in her situation, but it is still a good example. And quite frankly what would you rather be reading? Horror stories of tragedy death and destruction? Boy I'm glad I'm not a cynical person, and am able to enjoy a short newsclip with some nice info every once in a while.

    (PS – for all of you who made comments about it not being newsworthy – why exactly is it that you clicked on the news link?)

    May 15, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. ROFL

    Has us running scared? Right, beacsue she's such a threat that she might pick up that 14% of America that still likes her in the next election. That just scares the crap out of me, really. I want Barak Obama to have a harder contest than that.

    May 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Sniffit

    @ LOL, who said "For an "incompetent, unqualified" person, she sure has them running scared."

    Whatever helps you sleep at night bro.

    May 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. PalinSniff

    "we are in the top 90% of all earners!"


    Comedy gold.

    May 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. matt

    sumbag obama worshippers like to pick on a girl when themselves prolly don't have jobs and are looking for a government handout and they themselves prolly don't have a education only trash is libs and dumbocrates

    May 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. lived9lives

    What a great new section on the CNN Political Ticker a feature section for unwed financially privileged teenage mothers who graduate high school! Please, someone convince me this is indepth journalism at its best. The number one name in news? Give me a break!

    May 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. DAReynolds

    So what? Must be a slow day for important news......

    May 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Valerie

    A single Mom fulfilling goals that will better herself is always something to celebrate!

    May 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Matt

    Get this crap off the Political Ticker. THIS IS NOT A TABLOID. Although sometimes I wonder.

    May 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Globe at Best

    This story need some vetting! How does someone go from being a drop out to getting a high school diploma?. Something doesn't smell right. Sarah Palin must have bought her way into Bristol's graduating by using extortion.

    This got to be a GED.. Unless AK's credit requirement substantially lower than all the other states? Oh I fogot it is – her mom is gov with less requirements to read. AK your requirements need to be rise b/c we do not need sub standards in the lower 48 trying to complete to be POTUS. Bristol don't try it with your GED

    May 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. SkiDoc

    Leave this kid alone. She is facing up to her responsiblities and living right. Let's at least have a hiatus on "Bristol news" until her mother gets back into the national spotlight. Then CNN and the drive-by media can get into their feeding frenzy again.

    May 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Stripe

    This is not news – who cares?
    Also,your headline should read "Bristol Palin graduates FROM high school." What is wrong with your editors? Do they not take basic grammar courses? Prepositions are your friends.

    May 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Sinnammon

    Good for she can go to college while grandma takes care of the baby.

    May 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Now let's see Bristol do the right thing and dash down to the recruiters office and enlist in the Army. Whe can look at photos of her signing up like when Elvis joined. Couple of tours in Afganistan will electrify the Republican base, and show her patriotism as a " true American ".

    May 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Who really cares about this?

    May 15, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Sniffit

    @ obamamama

    I haz gud job. I'm busy faking looking busy in between drafting motions. Cry me a river.

    May 15, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Laurie in Spokane

    I don't have a thing against Bristol Palin. She's just been a pawn of her parents. I'm glad she's graduated from HS, but, IS IT REALLY NEWSWORHY? How many other kids have graduated this spring, having overcome extreme difficulties. Why don't you focus on them?

    May 15, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Buffalo

    Describing Bristol Palin as "giddy and irreverent" is not quite accurate. How about haughty and irrelevant? Don't get me wrong: I'm happy she graduated from high school. But it's time Bristol to revert back to where she is necessary, as a mother to her child rather than being a focal point for the media and a spokesperson for abstinence (What?). Good luck.

    May 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. smokey

    i think this whole issue is really pathetic...She is the last person who should be out trying to give adivce to anyone. Does she think she is only teenage in the world who had a baby out of wedlock..Only difference is unlike most teenage mothers, she has a wealthy family to fall back on..She really can not relate to the everyday teenager and she needs to stop pretending

    May 15, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Noah from Chicago

    Graduating at 19? Wow what a genius

    May 15, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Not Lynn

    "Liberals of the world, people are finally getting feed up with your mean spirited comments. You have ruined our country with your liberal beliefs and jammed your way of thinking down our thoats. The truth is you put to much belief in what you hear on CNN..."

    First of all, you're reading CNN. Second, Republicans are just as nasty and mean spirited, they're just not the majority anymore.
    Third: it's "fed up," "too much," and you are in no position to judge if you believe in "judgement." Read your Bible again, you are not fit to judge anyone or stand from a moral high ground.

    May 15, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. connie

    I too had a baby too young. She will be 35 this year.

    I am proud of you for graduating. I know having a child at your age is very hard. You go on with your dreams! College next I hope, then a good job to support your family.

    I hate some of these comments that continue to divide us even though the election is over. It is now time to be Americans.

    Congrats to you! You go, girl!!!!!!
    If you must know, rabid liberal.

    May 15, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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