Major congratulations are in order for Kayla Maisonet: the 17-year-old Stuck in the Middle actress has officially graduated high school! The star's big milestone happened to coincide with the final day of filming on the Disney Channel series' second season, so the cast all surprised Kayla with a graduation ceremony on set.
"OMG I love my #StuckInTheMiddle family.. Just finished high school and they threw me a surprise graduation until I get to do the real thing in May...on set, and on our LAST day of season 2! AHHH I LOVE U GUYS LOLL," Kayla posted on her Instagram with photos and videos of her rocking her cap and gown.
Even though Kayla did graduate in real life – and plans to walk in her school's full ceremony this spring – the cast set her graduation stage with props from the show's fictional school, Marshport High. "I had a podium and everything.. Love you guys. Official graduate of Marshport high HAAHHAAHA," Kayla posted.
The SITM fam couldn't have been more proud of their scholar, sharing photos and congratulatory messages of Kayla with her diploma on social media.
Kayla's TV mom Cerina Vincent posted an especially touching tribute on her Instagram that recognizes just how much work Kayla put in to make this happen.
"My lovely #tvdaughter @kaymais graduated from high school today!" she shared. "Not a scripted story, but she really graduated, and our awesome producers threw her a lil on-set ceremony this evening. Kayla, congrats, beautiful! Not sure how any of you manage tackling algebra tests in between scenes... But you amaze me. I'm so proud of you, and so lucky to share this time with you. ❤ Kids, stay in school. No matter what. @disneychannel #stuckinthemiddle."
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