See how these celebrity parents are dealing with the bittersweet feelings of dropping off their not-so-little ones for college this year
College drop-off can be bittersweet for both the parents and kids — and for these celebrity families, it's no different. These famous parents are giving a glimpse into their not-so-little ones' latest milestones and how they're handling watching them grow up and leave the nest.
Molly Shannon's Daughter
Molly Shannon knows daughter Stella is going to be a total superstar at. New York University — but couldn't help giving her one big squeeze during dorm drop off.
Alex Rodriguez's Daughter
Alex Rodriguez's daughter Natasha is all grown up. The former Yankees player dropped off his 18-year-old for her first year at the University of Michigan and shared a few photos from the sweet sendoff. In one pic, the duo cuddled up close on the edge of Natasha's dorm room bed.
"Left my heart in Michigan 💙💛 Dropping off @thenatasharodriguez at college was one of the hardest, but most proud moments of being a father. Can’t wait to watch her take on this big new chapter," the MLB star wrote on Instagram.
"We are so proud of you @cocoarquette_ that you’re going to college!!! We LOVE You!!!! #mangopancake," he captioned a photo of Coco eating a snack alongside stepmom Christina McLarty, whom Arquette married in 2015.
Teresa and Joe Giudice's Daughter
Joe Giudice wasn't able to drop off his daughter Gabriella at the University of Michigan, but he still showed school spirit from afar. Gabriella's older sister Gia, 22, shared a photo of their supportive dad wearing the university's merch. In one hand, Joe held a Michigan mug with his name on it, and in the other, he held a keychain that reads "M Dad" in the school's colors.
"This is so adorable❤️❤️❤️," Gia wrote, sharing the photo on her Instagram story. "Makes me so happy."
Kevin Hart's Daughter
Kevin Hart couldn't help but get emotional as he sent his 18-year-old daughter Heaven off to college. The comedian posted an Instagram with the new freshman, her siblings Hendrix, 15, Kenzo, 5, and Hart's wife Eniko. The family wore sad faces to mark the bittersweet goodbye.
In his caption, Hart shared some emotional words honoring his eldest's achievements.
"I’m not crying your crying…. So proud of my daughter….I can’t even say little girl anymore because you have blossomed into the most amazing young woman ever!!!!! God knows I am beyond proud of you and that I love you with my all," the Jumanji star wrote, adding, "Fly Heav Fly….The world is yours!!!!! My baby girl is off to college…. I cried in the car!!!! #Harts"
Vanessa Bryant's Daughter
Vanessa Bryant marked her eldest daughter Natalia's return to college with a sentimental gift. In a photo shared to her Instagram Story, Natalia showcased a bright bouquet filled with orange, yellow and pink roses along with a letter that read:
“Happy first day of school! Love you always, Daddy."
Alongside the note, the new college junior wrote, “First day of school always, @kobebryant," in reference to her late father, adding, “Thank you, Mommy @vanessabryant."
Michael Strahan's Daughter
Michael Strahan is officially a "#DukeDad"!
The former Good Morning America anchor shared a collection of photos from his daughter Sophia's college drop-off to Instagram, writing, "Dropped off the youngest of the tribe @sophialstrahan at college! Can’t believe how time has flown by and I’m so proud of her. I know she’s going to crush college life!! #DukeDad."
The proud dad noted that as Sophia is a twin, he'll soon be posting pictures from Isabella's drop-off when she arrives at USC.
Lara Spencer's Daughter
Before August came to a close, Lara Spencer shared that it was time to drop off her daughter Kate for college. The Good Morning America anchor documented the milestone in a series of Instagram posts including one from the car ride and one "Carb loading with my nugget and her awesome new roomie and family❤️."
The close out the posts, Spencer shared a photo posing with her daughter under a gold-and-black balloon arch along with the caption: "Today is the start of a new chapter in your life. Write your story, baby."
George Stephanopoulos & Ali Wentworth's Daughter
George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth's little girl is all grown up. The couple, who share two daughters, dropped off 18-year-old Harper Andrea Stephanopoulos to college and mom was feeling all the feelings.
"Everyone is saying “she’s ready to launch”! But… I don’t think I’m ready!" Wentworth wrote. "I don’t want to stop making pasta with vodka sauce, picking up wet towels, cuddling up to her familiar scent. As Joni Mitchell once wrote- “the bed’s too big, the frying pan too wide”. I know our daughter will thrive. But man, it’s brutal on the parents. If you feel inclined- please send me baked goods. I’ll be under my covers."
Nicole Ari Parker's Daughter
Nicole Ari Parker marked her daughter's college drop-off with a sweet montage shared to Instagram and set to Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely." In the clips, 18-year-old Sophie can be seen hugging her brother Nicolas and settling into her new dorm room at Howard University.
"I am so so proud of you. We miss you soooo much but we know you got this!! 💪🏽 Get to class on time," Parker wrote in her caption. "Call me after 🤳🏻 😃 Love Mom."
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