Suri Cruise graduates from high school! The daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, 18, beams with joy as she receives her diploma - and opts to drop dad's last name during ceremony

Suri Cruise looked overjoyed after receiving her diploma from LaGuardia High School on Friday.

While attending her high school graduation, with her mom by her side, the 18-year-old daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, who is expected to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh this fall, looked absolutely beautiful as she celebrated her latest milestone, without her father present.

For the ceremony, which took place at the United Palace Theatre in the Washington Heights, the teen wore a long white dress under a bright red graduation robe, open-toed heels and her long hair down.

For the special occasion, her mom, 45, opted to rock a yellow long sleeve shirt and matching pleated pants.

Suri's Graduation Booklet with her name on it shows her name as Suri Noelle.

Suri Cruise looked overjoyed after receiving her diploma from LaGuardia High School on Friday

Suri Cruise looked overjoyed after receiving her diploma from LaGuardia High School on Friday

While attending her high school graduation, with her mom by her side, the 18-year-old daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, who is expected to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh this fall, looked absolutely beautiful as she celebrated her latest milestone, without her father present

While attending her high school graduation, with her mom by her side, the 18-year-old daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, who is expected to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh this fall, looked absolutely beautiful as she celebrated her latest milestone, without her father present

For the ceremony, which took place at the United Palace Theatre in the Washington Heights, the teen wore a long white dress under a bright red graduation robe, open-toed sandals and her long hair down

For the ceremony, which took place at the United Palace Theatre in the Washington Heights, the teen wore a long white dress under a bright red graduation robe, open-toed sandals and her long hair down

This marks another example of Suri opting to use her mother’s middle name in place of father's last name, Cruise.

Despite her dad's absence, Suri appeared surrounded by loved ones and classmates, who she could be seen exchanging friendly hugs with following the ceremony.

Suri's high school is LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, often referred to simply as LaGuardia, which is a public high school specializing in teaching visual arts and performing arts.

Suri, whose famous father has had no part in her upbringing, has always been determined to forge her own way.

She applied to a host of colleges with the artistic teen 'leaning towards' studying fashion.

Carnegie Mellon's School of Design is one of the oldest and most highly ranked programs in the country.

Now, with her acceptance into its hallowed halls, a notably chic mother and a wardrobe said to be worth $5million, Suri is off to the best possible start if that is her chosen path.

One insider told DailyMail.com: 'She is a smart girl, and she is turning into a very intelligent mature young woman. She has a very close group of loyal friends, and she knows exactly where she comes from.'

For the special occasion, her mom, 45, opted to rock a yellow long sleeve shirt and matching pleated pants

For the special occasion, her mom, 45, opted to rock a yellow long sleeve shirt and matching pleated pants

Suri's Graduation Booklet with her name on it shows her name as Suri Noelle

Suri's Graduation Booklet with her name on it shows her name as Suri Noelle

But though Holmes will surely be proud of her daughter's stellar achievement sources say she is 'overwhelmed' at the thought of sending her little girl off to college.

Speaking recently, one told DailyMail.com: 'Katie takes great pride in her but is also extremely overprotective.'

Perhaps it's little wonder given that, for the past 11 years, Holmes has effectively raised Suri solo.

Sixty-one-year-old Cruise's only input to his daughter's life has been financial and he hasn't been seen with his daughter since 2013, after Holmes quit both the marriage and the Church of Scientology – the religion to which Cruise is so devoted.

According to their divorce settlement, Cruise agreed to pay Holmes $400,000 a year until Suri turned 18 and will continue to pay for her college fees as well.

Under the terms of their agreement, though he may be physically absent from his daughter's life, he has and will continue to cover, 'medical, dental, insurance, education, college and other extracurricular costs.'

But despite having little if any relationship with her dad, Suri is, according to sources, a happy and well-adjusted teen who has loved growing up in New York City.

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