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Exes Bill & Melinda Gates Put Up Friendly Appearance At Daughter Jennifer's Graduation

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on May 20, 2023 at 4:30 PM EDT

A happy family reunion! Bill and Melinda Gates may be divorced, but the former spouses are the guidebook to perfect co-parenting.

The billionaire couple are the proud parents of three wonderful children and the co-founders of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Given their positions as business partners, it is not surprising that the duo have an amicable relationship.

Two years after their separation, the heads of the Gates family came together to celebrate their daughter Jennifer's graduation from Columbia University. Beaming with pride, the former couple smiled in the pictures taken at the ceremony.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Support Their Daughter's Masters Achievement With Sweet Tributes

Bill and Melinda Gates at daughter Jennifer's Graduation

As seen in the image shared by the graduate on Instagram, the exes reunited to celebrate the 27-year-old's educational milestone just as they collaborated on Jennifer's wedding to the equestrian Nayel Nassar in 2021.

Posing in a blue cap and graduation gown, the mother-of-one stood between her parents, donning bright smiles like the former couple. By Bill's side was the horse lover's husband, who had his hands behind him, unlike the Gates, who wrapped their arms around each other.

Jennifer, who graduated with a Master's degree in public health from Columbia University, thanked the educational institution for allowing her to study with them. Her opening message read:

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"(Accelerated) Master of Public Health. Thank you, @columbiapublichealth, for this incredible educational opportunity and the village around me who made this possible. Grateful."

Clarifying what she meant by her accelerated degree, the equestrian penned: "Accelerated students officially get our degrees conferred in October when practicum deliverables are due, but all coursework is completed, and we walk in the ceremony and celebrate now."

Jennifer's parents also celebrated the Ivy League school graduate's accomplishment on their Instagram pages. Melinda shared a cute picture of herself posing with her firstborn alongside a lengthy message depicting her joy.

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Reflecting on her daughter's childhood, the Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree revealed the 27-year-old loved to ask questions from the moment she could talk. According to the mother-of-three, the media personality was interested in global health from a young age.

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Melinda Gates and Jennifer Gates
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"She was particularly focused on children who were sick and what she could do to help them. So I'm very proud — and not at all surprised — that this curious and compassionate little girl is now a brilliant and compassionate woman with a new master's degree in public health," the mother proudly gushed.

Concluding her message, the former Microsoft multimedia product developer and manager noted that she could not wait to witness her daughter's next achievement. In proud father Bill's, the business mogul dropped three pictures — one from Jennifer's graduation while the others were throwback images.

Echoing similar sentiments like his ex-wife, Bill's caption read: "I'm so proud of you, Jenn. You have grown and learned so much over the years. I can't wait to see what you accomplish next. Congratulations!"

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Bill & Melinda Commemorated Their Daughter's 27th Birthday With Touching Messages.

Jennifer's graduation was not the first time the former spouses reunited to celebrate their daughter. Last month, they marked their firstborn's 27th birthday with sweet tributes on their social media pages.

The Microsoft co-founder shared an adorable father-and-daughter picture in which the pair donned similar casual ensembles. Alongside this image, the patriarch gushed about how "fortunate" and "proud" he felt to be Jennifer's dad.

Meanwhile, Melinda shared a throwback picture of herself and the celebrant as a toddler. After wishing her baby girl a happy birthday, the Texas native noted that one of her "greatest joys" was watching her daughter become a mother.

Bill Gates and daughter Jennifer Gates
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Jennifer has given the former spouses plenty to celebrate in recent years as she also made the philanthropists first-time grandparents in March. Following their usual routine for honoring important occasions, the exes marked their granddaughter's birth on Instagram.

Melinda shared a precious snap of herself seated on a cushion, doting on the baby, whom she cradled to her chest. The 58-year-old captioned this happy moment with a lengthy message depicting her joy.

The mother-of-three confessed she was overcome with emotions, mostly pride, as her daughter and Nassar stepped into their new role as parents. On the other hand, Bill updated his page with a picture of himself bonding with his grandchild on a couch.

The entrepreneur dedicated a sweet message to the little angel, stating that he could not wait to watch the newborn "discover the world." Several fans and celebrities congratulated the grandparents, including stars like Malala Yousafzai, Dax Shepard, and Ava DuVernay.

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