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Suri Cruise | Tom Cruise | Source: Getty Images
Suri Cruise | Tom Cruise | Source: Getty Images

'Shame': Tom Cruise's Daughter Suri, 18, Seen Receiving School Diploma, but Her Dad Didn't Support Her for One Reason

Naomi Wanjala
Jun 24, 2024
10:25 A.M.

High school graduation for Suri Cruise was bittersweet. Mom Katie Holmes beamed with pride, but all eyes turned when another A-lister was missing from the milestone moment: her dad, Tom Cruise.

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Suri Cruise, marked a major milestone on Friday as she graduated from LaGuardia High School. The daughter of Hollywood icons Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes received her diploma with her mother beaming by her side.

However, her famous father was notably absent. Tom chose to attend Taylor Swift's Eras tour in London instead. Still, his absence didn't deter the proud teen from radiating happiness. The joyous occasion saw Suri capturing precious moments with her mom and a friend. She also shared heartfelt hugs with her fellow graduates.

Tom Cruise at Taylor Swift's concert in London dated June 23, 2024 | Source: X/BBQChiefs

Tom Cruise at Taylor Swift's concert in London dated June 23, 2024 | Source: X/BBQChiefs

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Suri and Katie exuded joy as they posed for photos against a backdrop of a charming brick building. The 18-year-old graduate looked stunning in a white dress paired with matching sandals beneath her graduation gown. Her brunette hair flowed gracefully over her shoulders.

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Katie, ever the style icon, opted for cream-pleated pants and a collared long-sleeve shirt. She completed the ensemble with elegant grey sandals. While Suri soaked in the support and love from her mother, her dad's absence on this important day stirred mixed reactions online.

Suri Cruise with other graduates | Source: YouTube/@pagesix

Suri Cruise with other graduates | Source: YouTube/@pagesix

Outraged fans didn't hold back, with one exclaiming, "Shame on her father!" Another one said, "I can't believe her Father didn't come to her graduation!" Critics continued to pour in, with comments like, "While dad is partying with Taylor Swift in London. Some fathers," and "No dad in sight?" The disbelief was palpable, as one user wrote, "I'm in disbelief."

Katie Homes taking photos of Suri Cruise on her graduation day | Source: YouTube/@pagesix

Katie Homes taking photos of Suri Cruise on her graduation day | Source: YouTube/@pagesix

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Amid the backlash, some supporters applauded Suri's decision to drop her father's name, with one noting, "From now on, call her by her chosen name."

Another offered Tom some pointed advice, writing, "Tom should feel bad f missing this special moment. Own flesh and blood. Being famous is not an excuse. Bless Suri in college.[sic]"

Katie Home with her daughter Suri on her graduation day | Source: YouTube/@pagesix

Katie Home with her daughter Suri on her graduation day | Source: YouTube/@pagesix

The day after Suri's graduation, her father was all smiles at Wembley Stadium in London, enjoying Taylor's concert. He looked sharp in a white T-shirt, dark jeans, and a black jacket, as he shared the spotlight with A-listers like British actor Hugh Grant.

Tom Cruise at Taylor Swift's concert | Source: Tiktok/@itsjhomonta

Tom Cruise at Taylor Swift's concert | Source: Tiktok/@itsjhomonta

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Tom's absence from the graduation isn't surprising, given his estrangement from Suri for years. Their relationship has largely been financial, with no public sightings together since 2013 after Tom and Katie divorced.

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Tom Cruise interacting with fans at Taylor Swift's concert | Source: X/andrewnavs/

Tom Cruise interacting with fans at Taylor Swift's concert | Source: X/andrewnavs/

At the graduation ceremony, it was noted in the program that she now goes by "Suri Noelle," indicating her decision to drop her father's last name upon turning 18. Noelle is her mother's middle name, as Katie's full name is Kate Noelle Holmes.

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As the world watches, Suri is living life on her own terms. On Wednesday, 19 June, the teen and her boyfriend, Toby Cohen, turned heads as they graced New York City for their high school prom.

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The pair, both from LaGuardia High School made a grand entrance at the Ascent Lounge in midtown Manhattan. Suri looked elegant in a breathtaking floral print, corset-style high-low dress. She complemented her attire with cute beige heels and minimal accessories, letting her outfit steal the show.

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Toby, her charming date, sported a sharp navy blue suit with a neatly styled white rose in his lapel. The lovebird's hand-holding and poised poses for photos radiated youthful charm and elegance, capturing the admiration of onlookers.

Social media buzzed immediately as photos of the duo surfaced, with fans quick to note Suri's striking resemblance to her famous father. Comments flooded in, such as "She's a spitting image of Tom," and "There's no denying her resemblance to her dad."

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The day after their memorable prom night, Suri and Toby shared a tender moment in Central Park, New York City, melting hearts as they embraced and exchanged kisses.

The lovebirds continued their blissful stroll hand-in-hand through the park, their smiles reflecting the joy of their special evening. Suri opted for a casual look post-prom, donning a pale blue T-shirt and beige shorts paired with comfortable black sneakers.

With her brunette hair flowing and a natural makeup-free face, she exuded effortless beauty. Toby complemented her relaxed style in a black tank top, gray sweatpants, and matching sneakers, perfectly mirroring their laid-back demeanor.

Photos of their romantic moment quickly spread online, sparking several reactions. Admirers couldn't get enough of the young couple, with one fan exclaiming, "How romantic!" Another gushed over Toby's looks, commenting, "He is so good-looking. Cute couple." Echoing the same sentiment, another wrote, "Oooooo her boyfriend is handsome."

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Both Suri and Toby are set to embark on exciting new chapters. Toby, nurturing his passion for music, is set to attend the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, known worldwide for its prestigious programs.

Meanwhile, Suri is determined to forge her own path at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The college is renowned for its top-ranked School of Design.

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With a deep interest in fashion, Suri explored various college options before settling on Carnegie Mellon. She revealed the college name in a TikTok video with her friends from LaGuardia High School.

In the video, posted on "LaG commitment day" and set to Abbi Sutphen's uplifting tune "Always Remember You," Suri displayed her choice by wearing a vibrant red Carnegie Mellon hoodie. The clip captured her enthusiasm as she grinned and playfully highlighted her school's name for the camera.

Tom Cruise and Suri Cruise on July 17, 2012, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Tom Cruise and Suri Cruise on July 17, 2012, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Suri's college expenses will be covered by her dad as agreed in their divorce settlement, which includes an annual payment of $400,000 until she turns 18. This agreement underscores his commitment to her future as she prepares to pursue her dreams in higher education.

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