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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke April 19, 2024

Former President Donald Trump attended Ivanka Trump’s college graduation

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  • A photo and news report put former President Donald Trump at daughter Ivanka Trump’s college graduation in 2004.

Former President Donald Trump has requested delaying his Manhattan criminal trial so that he could attend his son Barron’s high school graduation May 17. 

But some social media users have suggested the ask isn’t genuine because he didn’t bother to attend his eldest daughter’s graduation. 

"Where’s Daddy?" reads the text in an April 18 Threads post above an image of Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump posing in a graduation cap and gown with family but not the former president. 

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The photo in the Threads post shows Ivanka Trump at her 2004 graduation from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. 

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On May 20, 2011, she posted two photos of herself on Facebook wearing the same cap and gown as in the Threads post with the caption, "In honor of graduation season, here are a few photos from my own graduation from Wharton. I remember that day so clearly, it was such an incredible feeling." 

In one photo, from a Facebook photo album titled "Wharton Graduation," Ivanka Trump stands next to her father. 

A May 19, 2004, column in the Philadelphia Daily News also put the former president at the graduation. 

"The Donald and ex-wife Ivana attended a Wharton ceremony Sunday at which their daughter got her degree," the column said, using a nickname for the former president. "The proud parents also took in Penn’s commencement Monday at Franklin Field." 

We rate claims Donald Trump didn’t attend Ivanka Trump’s graduation False.


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