Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, Joseph Baena, is now a college graduate. The Terminator star and former California governor posted a photo of his son Joseph at his graduation ceremony from Pepperdine University, and it is clear that the 21-year-old favors his famous dad in the looks department.
In the caption, Schwarzenegger praised his son Joseph for his four years of studying business at the prestigious Malibu, California, university. The 71-year-old movie star also wrote that his 21-year-old son, who was a top business major at the school, had earned himself a celebration, and added that he is “so proud” of him for all of his hard work.
In the photo, Joseph is wearing a blue and orange Pepperdine graduation cap and gown as he clutches his movie star dad’s hand. Arnold Schwarzenegger sports a suit jacket and a salt-and-pepper beard — the father and son show off near-identical smiles.
It does not appear that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s other grown kids — Patrick, Katherine, Christina, or Christopher— were in attendance at the ceremony for their half-sibling, but Wonderwall notes the Schwarzenegger siblings also don’t have a relationship with Joseph, as they did not grow up with him.
Joseph Baena also posted a slideshow of photos from his graduation day, which included a shot with him posing proudly with his mother, Mildred Baena.
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Some of the best times of my life are because of this school and the people in these pictures. I’m am so incredibly grateful to have the privilege to study at and graduate from such a beautiful and high caliber school. I now have my degree in business administration and with that, I believe this is only the beginning of a new road. Let’s see where it takes us!
While Arnold Schwarzenegger came out for Joseph Baena’s college graduation, it was a different story four years ago when he reportedly skipped his son’s high school graduation ceremony. According to TMZ, on the day that Joseph graduated from Frontier High School in Bakersfield, California, Arnold had lunch with his daughter Katherine in Santa Monica instead. At the time, TMZ noted that Arnold may have skipped the ceremony so that the paparazzi wouldn’t ruin his son’s special day.
Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered Joseph with the family’s former housekeeper of 20 years, Mildred “Patty” Baena, in 1997, the same year his son Christopher (with then-wife Maria Shriver) was born. Arnold’s mistress previously told Hello magazine that when Joseph was 14 years old, Maria Shriver noticed how much the teen looked like Arnold, and asked her point blank if her husband was the child’s father. Baena admitted to the affair, and the two women cried together.
While Maria Shriver noticed the resemblance early on, as Joseph Baena has gotten older, he began to more closely resemble his father, as can be seen in a photo of the two commemorating Joseph’s 21st birthday last year. Joseph even shares his father’s love of weight lifting.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver divorced in 2011, upon her revelation of his affair with the family’s longtime housekeeper.