Jennifer Garner Says ‘Bless Our Hearts’ as She Tearfully Watches Her Daughter Graduate From High School

Jennifer Garner is every mom this month who has a senior in high school.

While Garner remains fairly private about the lives of her three children, whom she shares with ex-husband Ben Affleck. She is being open about how she feels about her oldest daughter, Violet, graduating from high school.

“Tell me you have a graduate without telling me you have a graduate,” Garner wrote in the caption alongside several photos of herself in tears over the monumental occasion.

“Bless our hearts,” she said of every other parent feeling the same way.

Many of her famous friends, who have been through it or who are preparing for that fateful day, shared their well-wishes in the comments.

Reese Witherspoon wrote, “Oh honey … I know. You have done a great job, mama! I will be here for support and lots of hugs.”

“My heart breaks for you,” Brooklyn Decker added, with Gwyneth Paltrow, whose son is preparing to graduate high school this year too, writing, “I’m sooooo with you.”

Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, added, “It’s a deep, searing pain/joy/grief/pride/mourning!!! Congratulations!”

And other moms across the globe shared their experiences of watching their kids graduate.


“My daughter walked across the stage and stopped. Looked for me and said HI MOM! Massive tear shedding,” one mom shared.

“I have a college graduate and next year my baby graduates high school. I’m not ok,” another comment read.

Another mom joked that more people should know they are in mourning. “It is SO hard!!!! Why aren’t people making us casseroles???”

Garner’s emotions come several months after she talked about her parenting styles while a guest on the Today Show.

When the topic of her three children, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, was brought up, Garner admitted that she “wants to be around” her children; however, she also believes not being around all the time is good for them.

“I want to be around. But I also think it’s OK if they suffer from a little bit of benign neglect,” Garner explains. “Their lives are their own. I’m not trying to live their life, and I don’t mind that they see that I love mine.”

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