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

PEOPLE: Bristol Palin graduates high school

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. What is this

    I assumed because this is a political ticker that these stories had something to do with politics. What are we going to hear about Meghan McCain's last day at her college next? Or about how Obama didn't put ketchup on his Burger. But hey, CNN just cares about getting hits on their website and we're just helping that cause. Who cares about having real political news.

    May 15, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Once again CNN has outdone itself in its quest to allow the scummy libs to vent, by publishing a non political story on the political page. Still no word on the long investigation of Charlie Rangel though, or the investigation of ACORN stealing the election, or of how George Soros is making billions of dollars on the recession that he caused, or of how the unions are stealing billions of tax dollars through the bailouts, stimulus and the cessation of education vouchers. Way to go CNN.

    May 15, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Biased

    Congratulations on graduating.

    Note to all those complaining about why this is news? – It is news because people like many of you can't stand Palin and show it constantly rather than just ignoring articles like this. If you want to make it go away then stop commenting, and ignore all articles like this but CNN and all the others know that whenever they publish stories like this all the hate flows freely and the division between parties widens. It's good for the ratings.

    May 15, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Ohio Man

    Congrats to her, but since mommie dont want to take the money to help with jobs and education. what will she do now? .. not like people are hiring right now and since mommie is asking people to help with legal fees.. i'm assuming they would need money for college , so now whats on the plate for her .. oh wait ..DRILL Baby DRILL

    May 15, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. David

    Wow, yeah, high school diploma in our "no child left behind"/"everyone is a winner" environment. Yeah... wow... super hard.

    That reminds me of a line from the `04 campaign...

    Bush: It's hard... it's hard work!
    Kerry: If it's so hard, let someone else do it.

    May 15, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. John

    Best of luck to her. I hope she edjucates herself better than her mother did.

    All you winguts complaining about this not being s story are the same fools that listen to Hannity babble on and on about what an elitist Obama is for ordering spicy mustard.

    May 15, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Howard

    Here's one liberal (oh, alright, moderate, then) who says, "Good for her!"

    If only every teenage Mother in America were doing the same thing, getting a high school diploma.

    May 15, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. florida indep

    While I don't like her mother, Bristol was caught up in events beyond her control and, maybe, grasp. To her and all graduating students welcome to the real world.

    May 15, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Tarheel

    I'm impressed and pleasantly surprised at the number of well-wishers to Bristol. I'm glad to read encouraging statements from people like "Sick of this Crap". People like "Accountability" and "Nero" are just being nasty for thr sake of being nasty. Even the Democrats would be ashamed to claim their remarks.

    May 15, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Sniffit

    More proof that celebrity is not's given by the media.

    May 15, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Frozone

    Way to do something you're supposed to do. What a slow news day.

    May 15, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. ge


    May 15, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Dave

    How is this news? Thousands of unwed mothers graduate from high school every year. Not to mention that these thousands of unwed mothers have far more hurdles to clear and far less advantage than Bristol Palin ever did!

    May 15, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. djb

    like mother, like daughter and like dad too apparently.....white trash, no other words to describe them. thank god they are not in washington!

    May 15, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Mando

    Good job Bristol. Keep your head up high. Don't let the hate-filled Obama supporters get you down, they're just mad because their President is a loser.

    May 15, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Granny in SC

    Good for her.... she showed-up that bum of a boyfriend of hers. I have a feeling he was the 'class-catch,' and it went to his head –too big for his britches. Now he's nothing more than another "high-school dropout."
    He better try to catch-up if he wants to have any status in this world.

    May 15, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Palermo

    It certainly speaks volumes about our society and educational system when graduating high school is considered a great achievement.

    May 15, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Sniffit

    @ Matt in CT, who said "some red meat to all the liberal nutjobs…"

    Get it straight. A more proper insult would have been to imply that it is a soy product.

    May 15, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. ray

    who cares

    May 15, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. adt

    Good for Bristol but I am not impressed. My friend in high school had a baby at 16. Her mom was a disabled single mom and the father of her baby took off when he found out she was pregnant and no other family to help. She graduated high school and went on to be a R.N. and provide for her mom, her self and her child. Now that impresses me because "statistically" she should be a drop out on drugs and she is not.

    May 15, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. knuts

    WOW!!! She graduates high school!!! Now she is qualified to work at McDonalds!!! What an Embarressment!! Another teenage mother...good thing her family is rich or she'd be just another welfare case

    May 15, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. New Hampshire

    This isn't polictical news....Let's discuss Pelosi

    May 15, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Jake

    great! now she can run for public office!

    May 15, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. LFL

    I teach Junior High School History-Constitution and three students in my class with babies. Teenage pregnancy is a national tragedy and a disgrace. We as a society have fail to teach our youth that instant gratification will lead to last consequences. Bristol Palin is just another teenager whose mother was too busy with her own life and career to have a few basic discussions with her daughter. Bristol Palin is nolonger the daughter of the Govornor of Alaska, she is just another statistic

    May 15, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. mpk

    wow! our standards are being set to a new low when high school graduation is an accomplishment.

    May 15, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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